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Can Hiv Test Results Change After 4 Months

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AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...antibodies to fight HIV. It usually takes two to three months for them to show up. In rare cases, it can take longer than three months. During this "window period" you may not test positive for HIV even if you are infected. Normal HIV tests don't work for newborn children of HIV-infected mothers. In many places, you can get tested anonymously for HIV. Once you test positive and start to receive health care for HIV infection, your name may be...
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why the same lab contains different cut off OD's for the elisa.

Hi Sir,I am Sr. I had sex with girl in november 2008.In 2009 june i got fever and body pains. And i took the tablets for 15 days. after seven days fever went off.At the 28 june I went for total body checkup. At that time hiv status came negative.In...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...HIV based on your past possible exposure. 5) No medication for a cold or fever would not interfere with the results of the HIV test.Best,Joe Read more »

I have seen a similar question in the archives, but would like to hear from you Dr. Bob. (CELEXA AND HIV TEST RESULTS, 2009)

Dr. Bob, I had an exposure exactly 24 weeks back. I was so stressed over the exposure, that my doctor prescribed me Citalopram. I was taking the Citalopram medication through out these 5 months during the morning and again in the evenings i used...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...test? I got the PCR test done after 4 months of my exposure. Thank You. Response from Dr. Frascino Hi, The recommended screening test for HIV infection is an HIV-antibody test three months or more following the last exposure. PCR testing is not... Read more »

Are my results reliable? (MARIJUANA AND HIV TESTING 2008)

Hi Dr. Bob,I know that this is a question that never dies, but I just got my 9 week antibody test back(I know, not conclusive!)and it was negative. However, I Have smoked marijuana on an almost daily basis for the last year. That's a lot of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...changes). Even if you sparked as many doobies as Mick Jagger, Bill Maher and Willy Nelson combined, it would not affect your HIV test results, OK?Dr. BobMarijuana smoking and Hiv TestingSep 26, 2008 Hi Dr Bob, I have e-mailed you before and I... Read more »

Marijuana smoking and Hiv Testing

Hi Dr Bob, I have e-mailed you before and I have never gotten a response. I know you get a million questions a day, but could you please help answer mine. I am a regular marijuana smoker who is about to get my 3 month antibody test done in 3 weeks....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...sparking doobie after doobie, have a look at the archives.Dr. BobHIV Test and MarijuanaMay 11, 2008 Hi Dr -- I have had several HIV tests over the past year but I also smoke Marijuana on a somewhat regular basis -- probably about once a month. I... Read more »
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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...Confidential HIV Testing HIV Name-Based Reporting Partner Notification Orasure Test for HIV Rapid Tests for HIV Home HIV Antibody Tests Urine Test for HIV RNA / NAAT Testing For-Profit Test... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Counseling With Rapid Tests

...tests might be used to confirm reactive rapid HIV test results immediately. References Branson, BM. Point-of-care Rapid Tests for HIV Antibodies . Journal of Laboratory Medicine 2003;27:288-95. Centers for Disease Control and... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

...of your health atthat moment. Later tests can be compared against these results to see howthings are going, and if they are changing. Most lab tests should be done everythree to six months, or as often as your health care provider recommends. ... Read more »
The Body PRO

Early Expiration May Be Cause of Unusually High False-Positive Rates on OraQuick Rapid HIV Tests, Study Finds

...Thank you. Reference Facente S, Dowling T, Vittinghoff E, Sykes D, Colfax G. False positive rate of rapid oral fluid HIV tests increases as kits near expiration date. In: Program and abstracts of the 16th Conference on Retroviruses and... Read more »
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4th Generation HIV Test

Posted by Trophy
...to possess both sensitivity (to detect infection) and specificity (to detect noninfection). In the United States, screening tests for HIV must be licensed by the FDA, regardless of whether they are used for screening blood, diagnosis, or... Read more »

testing info

Posted by Anonymous
...take longer than three months. During this "window period" you may not test positive for HIV even if you are infected. Normal HIV tests don't work for newborn children of HIV-infected mothers. In many places, you can get tested anonymously for... Read more »

I have just found out my husband is HIV +

Posted by jayne, 10 Replies
...Last Tuesday My husband was taken into hospital with pneumonia. They couldn't get his temperature down...so changed antibioctics...his lung was drained twice...(pleural effusion), he had lost so much weight almost overnight. They tested him Read more »

question about testing and results

Posted by guy23, 2 Replies
...repeated after 6 months. this was well over a decade ago. so i don't know if things have changed since then. i know that there are tests for HIV using saliva and that some tests can be done where the results can be found in 20 minutes. but does... Read more »