One Time Testing On Hiv After One Year Exposure

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...their HIV status do not need viral load testing. The antibody test is the cheapest, easiest, and overall most reliable way for individuals to learn their HIV status. That being said, individuals who have had a recent exposure toHIV and experience symptoms consistent with seroconversion (flu-like symptoms), can request a viral load test from their doctor in addition to the HIV antibody test. This may help identify HIV infection...
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Dear Rob,I recently had sex with a man i do not know, without my knowledge he removed the condom. I went to the Er and was prescribed Viread and combavir, will this lower my chances of contracting Hiv?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...72 hours) after an exposure. I'll reprint some information below from the archives about PEP.Good luck.Dr. BobTreatment After Exposure toHIVAugust 24, 2007What Is Post-Exposure Prophylaxis? Who Should Use PEP? Should PEP Be Used for... Read more »

exposure to HIV

I met a woman exposed to HIV for a year via unprotected sex with a man who had HIV the whole time he slept with her and didnt tell her.My question is although she has tested negative the last 5 years after their it possible she...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...five years, she is unquestionably HIV negative. Is it possible she is still carrying the virus? No, of course not. Not every exposure toHIV leads to HIV transmission. In fact, fortunately the vast majority of exposures do not lead to infection!... Read more »

HIV test after possible exposure

I've made the biggest mistake of my life. 3 weeks ago I had sex with a woman that was not my wife. She is a friend of a friend. I performed oral on her and we had vaginal sex with a condom. I've been married over 8 years. This is the first time...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...blot, which are greater than 99.9% sensitive. You should trust the results. You may repeat after 3 months to be sure.The risk of HIV transmission with oral sex and condom-protected vaginal sex is extremely low. Read more »

Time And Antibody Testing!

Hi Dr. Daar,If a person feels they were at some risk several years ago, lets say close to 10, but they kept putting testing off and tried to forget about it, but because they could never fully put it to rest and decide to finally get tested with a...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...L.K.,Not a silly questions at all. In general once someone is infected they will have detectable antibodies by the standard HIV ELISA for life. In other words, the antibody test in the setting you describe should be very good at defining if... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...Risk of Infecting Others The number of HIV particles in the blood is much higher during acute HIV infection than later on. Exposure to the blood of someone in the acute phase of infection is more likely to result in infection than exposure to... Read more »
The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

FAQs About HIV Testing From's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...positive? I have tested negative three and four months after possible exposure. Should I test again at six months? After my exposure toHIV, I was put on PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) for 28 days. I also had negative test results four,... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...produce HIV antibodies. During this "window period" you can test negative for HIV even if you are infected. If you think you were exposed toHIV, you should wait for two months before being tested. You can also test right away and then again... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

The Promise of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

...(1995). Centers for Disease Control. "Case-Control Study of HIV Seroconversion in Health-Care Workers After Percutaneous Exposure toHIV Infected Blood. France, United Kingdom, and United States. January 1988 - August 1994." Morbidity and... Read more »
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