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Advice on Diagnostic tests for AIDS - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you ?
User :   hello sir, its regards to hiv
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Please proceed with your query.
User :   i had a communicate to hiv before 4 month
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i had a p24 pcr antigen test on the same day and it was negative
User :   i had consulted the same doctor he advised me to have a 1 more test on the 6th month
Doctor :   oK
User :   please suggest me the best test which can give me the instant result and final result?
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Please understand that If somebody gets affected Or infected with HIV, Then what it requires to appear in blood or test positive is called a Window period.
Doctor :   It may vary from 1 month to a maximum of 6 months.
Doctor :   Hope you are following.
User :   ya.
Doctor :   99% of HIV+ test positive within 6 months.
Doctor :   So I would recommend you the following steps to follow for screening and confirmation.
User :   please go ahead sir
Doctor :   1. Screening test initially for HIV is called ELISA method which is to be done at a min. of 1 month after the exposure.
User :   ok
Doctor :   2. Western blot is One of the oldest but most accurate confirmatory antibody tests.
User :   ok. so let me go through the test today .in any case if result found positive , any treatment to be cured
Doctor :   It is done if you have two Tests positive at least by the ELISA method.
Doctor :   As you know that there is lot of research going on for medication but you practically do not have anything to eliminate the HIV.
Doctor :   The only thing that can be done is by giving very powerful antivirals to increase the gap between HIV infection and actually the start of the disease AIDS.
Doctor :   But before that are you sure that the person was HIV+
Doctor :   If you are not sure that the other person is not HIV+ then you have a fairly good chance of 50%
Doctor :   And if you have sexual intercourse in the natural way (with a HIV+ case), that is vaginal sex, than your chance is 1-2% , if anal sex then 10%, and if oral 10%.
User :   but cannot say whether she infected or not
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   What is your age ?
User :   26
Doctor :   Please take care, you have a great future ahead and please get the tests done that have been advised and lets take it forward.
User :   ya i ll be going today to have ELISA and Western blot then i ll get back to you on the same with result
Doctor :   Ok.Please take care, Thank you for consulting me, Hope I have answered your query
Doctor :   Do you have anything else to ask ?
User :   thanks
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