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Can Hiv Be Detected 5 Weeks After Infection

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The Role of STD Detection and Treatment in HIV Prevention

What is the link between STDs and HIV infection? How can STD treatment slow the spread of HIV infection? What are the implications for HIV prevention? Where can I get more information? References Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be an effective tool in preventing the spread of HIV , the virus that causes AIDS. An understanding of the relationship between STDs and HIV infection can help in the...
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detection of hiv infection in infants

how we will detect intrapartum,interpartum & post partum hiv infection in infants?how much it is important?...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
Babies can acquire HIV during gestation (in utero), during delivery (intrapartum), or after birth (post-partum; through breast feeding). Timing of infection can usually be inferred by screening test (DNA PCR) results. A positive DNA PCR at birth... Read more »

How quickly can HIV antigens be detected after infection

If a person contracted the HIV virus and ten days later was tested for HIV antigens in the blood, would it be detected? What is the minimum period of time after infection that HIV antigens could be detected?...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question.The p-24 antigen test will pick up an infection an average of 6 days prior toa person testing antibody positive. The p-24 antigen tests will often showpositive 2-3 weeks after initial infection. However, not all... Read more »

Newer Tests that detect in 2-3 weeks

Dr. H, in one of your responses you referenced that some of the newer tests can detect seroconverison within 2-3 weeks. Which tests are these?Also, I have read conflicting information on this site concerning the time it takes from initial expsoure...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
ELISA is very sensitive in chronic HIV infection, but an HIV infected person may test ELISA negative during a "window period" that varies in length from a few weeks to a few months after infection. Whether it is a few weeks or more... Read more »

Will PET Scan detect HIV?

First of all I love this forum. Pardon me if I placed my question in the wrong section, but I have not found anyone who can answer this.My possible infection was 3 and a half months ago. Last week was my first possible symptoms (small rashes on my...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Signs and symptoms associated with waning immunity would not show up several months after a primary HIV infection. The average time between initial infection and symptoms such as opportunistic infection (eg. oral thrush) is 10 years.The blood test... Read more »
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ARS symptoms means virus can be detected?

Posted by jxr
Hi...If you have ARS symptoms two weeks after an unsafe episode and these symptoms are actually a sign of HIV infection, will the PCR test be able to detect the presence of HIV in that short time frame. After all, the symptoms of fighting the... Read more »

PCR not detecting all strains of HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
As many worried persons, I took a PCR-RNA 4 weeks after my infection risk, to amend my fears. It came back negative. Although I should relax now, I'm still concerned, because I have read that all commercially available PCR-kits are just looking for... Read more »

why is it so hard to detect the presence of hiv?

Posted by raymond, 1 Reply
because our bodies are not good at detecting it because the virus does not act like any other. most viruses consist of a protein coat and rna strain. the virus lands the protein coat injects the rna into the cells where the rna sstarts reproducing... Read more »

Immune system & HIV detection

Posted by andypb, 1 Reply
What is compromised/ supressed immune system.

Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection.

Would a Person having as low Cd 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system.

Do such person with... Read more »