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HIV testing HIV DNA test or ELISA? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I want to get tested for HIV.
I had unprotected sex on November 7th. Since it has passed a little bit less than 3 months I dont know which is the best way for me to test?

I have read about the HIV DNA test? Is that the most appropiate? Or I can take only the Elisa?
Both should give me the same results?

Thank you
User :   Hello?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
both will give you the results
Doctor :  
however HIV DNA testing is more accurate
User :   I have heard that it could lead also to false positive results
User :   is that true?
User :   I read that it could be too sensitive
User :   in some cases
Doctor :  
it can sometimes lead to false positive results , but not in all cases
Doctor :  
for surety, both can be done and results compared
User :   I am worried because I dont want to get a result that is not accurate
User :   will Elisa be accurate at this point?
User :   Its nearly 3 months, for 10 days is not 3 months already
Doctor :  
what i suggest is that you wait til 3 months and then do the test if you are so worried.
Doctor :   but usually it is sufficient time now that elisa test can be done
User :   ok
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   no dna?
Doctor :   HIV DNA test should be done after completion of 3 months.
User :   after>
User :   ?
User :   I thought it was earlier than 3 months
Doctor :   that is to be accurate it should be done later than 3 months as the chances of false positives come down.
Doctor :   have you followed what i have said?
User :   yes, but I thought that DNA was used for early testing
User :   because if you wait until 3 months it is the same to get the DNA or the XXXXXXXX
User :   so what is the plus of the dna?
Doctor :   the only plus of DNA is that it helps in early detection
Doctor :  
but due to the high false positives associated with it
Doctor :  
the ELISA is prefered to be done on completion of 3 months after exposure
Doctor :  
for confirmation
User :   ok
User :   thank you
Doctor :  
Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   no thank you
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