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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr.XXXXX here
User :   hi..
Doctor :   Please proceed with your health query
User :   I wish to know other than ELISA.. what are other HIV tests available with smaller windo period...
User :   and the costs involved..
Doctor :   I can help you with telling you the test names
User :   ok
Doctor :   these are PCR DNA test, HIV antibody tests
Doctor :   p24 antigen test
User :   wat r the costs and window period
Doctor :   the test costs details you can find out in the particular labs
Doctor :   PCR DNA test can be done after 15-20 days
Doctor :   post exposure.
Doctor :   the other two can be done after 1months, when usually you will have antibody response
User :   i'm from XXXXXX... how should i go about finding the labs....where these tests are done..
User :   ?
Doctor :   you can place request in YYYY@YYYY
User :   ok..and they will provide the list??
Doctor :   yes they will get back with relevant details
User :   wat about the accuracy of these PCR more or less accurate than a ELISA
Doctor :   PCR test si accurate
Doctor :   if it shows negative results, you need not repeat any other tests
Doctor :   how long back was your exposre?
User :   is PCR very expensive ??
User :   3 days
Doctor :   yes it is expensie
Doctor :   if your exposure was 3 days back, then consider gettingstarted on post exposure prophylaxis
Doctor :   it can prevent HIV
Doctor :   it is known to prevent HIV in about 80% of people who have taken this
User :   without geting tested..?
User :   also i'll need a prescription right...
Doctor :   yes you can take treatment even without getting tested
Doctor :   a it is available in AIDS and HIV centers
User :   how much is window...3 days or more....
Doctor :   treatment should start within 72 hours
User :   i guess i'm late than..
Doctor :   ok, then you need to wait,consult an HIV AIDS specislist
Doctor :   and proceed further
Doctor :   how many hours have you passed since the exposure
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