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Can Hiv Be Detected After 6 Weeks

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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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RNA viral detection test and ELIZA at 6 weeks

I had an RNA and ELIZA test at 6 weeks post a possible exposure to HIV and would like to know if this is conclusive. The testing center I went to said it only takes 11 days post exposure to get a clear answer with the RNA test. Both tests were...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiThe testing center is correct and you are HIV negative.Be well and stay safe,Shannon... 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 »

hiv-2 detectability (HIV-2) (HIV-2 TESTING)

I recently entered into a short term relationship with someone who is poz. Both gay males, he lives in asia and i live in the US. 100% use of condoms for anal sex. After the relationship ended I have gone for HIV rapid tests at the 7 week point...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,HIV-2 is not prevalent in Asia. If you are concerned, why not just ask your ex if he has HIV-1 or HIV-2? Yes, HIV-2 screening tests are available, but I do not feel your risk, based on the information provided, warrants HIV-2 testing. I'll... Read more »

HIV PCR will it detect hiv?

HI, I had a HIV PCR test done after a sexual exposure 6 weeks prior.But now i have developed lumps in the back of my throat and a coated toungue. I looked at the receipt for the test to find out it stated "PCR HIV 1" so i assume that this...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Unless you have had a definite exposure to a person infected with HIV and your doctor suspects symptoms of acute HIV infection, PCR testing is not necessary. It is unlikely that you are infected with HIV (based on your PCR results), but an antibody... Read more »
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HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV

Posted by nomoreworry4me
HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV itself (rather than antibodies or antigens) are known as PCR tests. PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction and is a common way of testing for a variety of different organisms. The overall process... 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 »