|Unprotected sexual encounter
Aug 5, 2012
I had an unprotected sexual encounter with another person (7 days ago) who is unsure of their HIV status. I understand there are sensitive tests that can detect viral genetic material well before my body could produce antibodies to the virus. What would be the optimal time to have this sensitive test done? The literature seems conflicting and too broad on when would be a reliable time to have the assay done. Also, is there a particular test that I should request from my physician (PCR vs P24) in this early window period? Thank you very much.
Anxiously standing by, Lawrence
| Response from Dr. Wohl
part of the problem is that the internet includes out dated as well as current info, so you get conflicting data. The combo test that tests for HIV antibodies and the p24 antigen of the virus is what you are looking for. Testing at 10 days or more from the encounter should be an excellent way to determine if you were infected.
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