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Which test will be more reliable ? Is the window period 3 months ( 84 days) or 6 months ?

Posted by Niv, 1 Reply
Which test is the most reliable test ? And what is the window period - 3 months or 6 months ? Does symptoms - fatigue,rash diarrhea goes on for a long time ? Read more »

is taking pep second time after 4 months dangerous

Posted by scorp81, 1 Reply
Hi there
I'm just worried I was on pep 4 months ago and last night I had unprotected sex with a guy and I ejaculated in him he said he's clean I don't know what he means probably means HIV negative which I find a bit offensive towards positive... Read more »

What type of HIV Test is more Reliable?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
My doctor is going to draw some blood on Thursday because I am pregnant and she does all type of pre-natal testing. I may be at risk due to sharing a lancet with someone who is gay but I don't know if he is HIV (see "Am I At Risk" post below). ... Read more »

Reliable test?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I received my results of a Home Access Test 7+ weeks after what was a low-risk (some even told me no risk) exposure (receiving unprotected oral sex) and it came back NEGATIVE. My questons are:
1. How reliable is a Home Access Test?
2. How accurate... Read more »

How Reliable is a 3 Month Test?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies

I tested negitive at 3 months, however, I have persistant symtpoms that are very strange for my body. I won't go into detail on these symptoms but they are all to be HIV related. My doctor has diagnosed me with them, and has offered medicine... Read more »
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Is it 3 months or 4 months for HIV testing if you take PEP?

Doctor, I am taking PEP. I read that I have to wait for 3 months after the last day of PEP and not 3 months from the date of incident, to have reliable HIV tests. Could you please advise which one is it - 3 months from the date of incident or 3...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The published guidelines for post-PEP HIV-antibody testing recommend follow-up HIV-antibody tests at four to six weeks, three months and six months from the date of exposure (not the last day of PEP).Dr. Bob... Read more »

Please help me Dr. Bob, please PCR/PEP (PCR TESTING WHILE TAKING PEP)

Dear Dr. Bob,First of all i just want to give you my deepest respect and thanx for this great service. You are an amazing person and an inspiration to me. I have spent a lot of time on this site in the last month...Why... Dr. Bob, (long story short)...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Yes, PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) can affect PCR test results. PEP is a combination of antiretroviral drugs used in exactly the same dosage that we use to treat active HIV infection. Therefore, these drugs can inhibit HIV replication and... Read more »

How Reliable are the tests?

Thank you so much for this forum. I was looking for some good information and I came across this page. I give thanks for you and all that you do. I was diagnosed about a month ago. However, there is one thing I still don't understand. My ELISA...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I'm more than a bit concerned about your case as presented. It's entirely possible that you are not HIV infected. Your doctor may well have misinterpreted your results.First off, Western Blot tests should only be run to confirm a... Read more »

DUO HIV Test reliability 4 weeks after exposure?

I had proctected sex with a sex worker in a high risk country 7 9 days ago. The condom broke and i withdrew within 2-3 seconds. I started PEP treatment after 52 hours (late i know). If I can access a DUO HIV test at 4 weeks how conculsive is this...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,A negative DUO HIV test at four weeks is encouraging, but not conclusive. You would still need a negative ELISA at three months and six months, according to the post-PEP testing guidelines. (Check the archives for additional information about... Read more »
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What You Should Know About . . . PEP! (The "Morning After" Pill)

A couple of months ago, my co-worker took a phone call from a person who was desperate to find a place to get the "morning after" pill for free after having unprotected sex 72 hours ago. It took several questions to figure out that the caller was... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

Taking Unnecessary HIV Monitoring Tests: A Waste of Valuable Resources

Whenever we do tests for any illness, they should only be done when there is a true clinical need for those tests, rather than ordering them just because someone wants it. In my years of experience working in this field, I have found that the vast... Read more »
Project Inform

Post-Exposure Prevention

There has been growing interest in the use of Post-Exposure Prevention (PEP) as a means of preventing HIV infection. PEP involves a person beginning anti-HIV therapy within hours of suspected HIV exposure, with a goal of blocking the establishment... Read more »
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Body Positive FAQs

What Do We Do? The integration of PWAC's services into BP's program has meant the elimination of some overlap and duplication, and the modification of some programs to serve the needs of both agencies' constituencies. In addition, some BP services... Read more »