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Query about as to when to get HIV test to be conducted - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   After supposed exposure to the HIV virus, how many days after can we take a HIV PCR test?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi doc
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   i am 35
Doctor :   HIV PCR test are a highly sensitive tests.
Doctor :   This test can be done as early as 2 weeks following exposure.
Doctor :   You will also need to know that this test has high chances of false positivity.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes doctor i hav
User :   well , its about four days now following exposure
Doctor :   I would suggest you to wait for atleast for a week before you get the PCR test.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   the exposure was on the 21st jan ... if i go for the test on the 29th jan will than be fine?
Doctor :   HIV PCR test is designed to reduce the window period time.
Doctor :   The results can be obtained as early as a few day to weeks.
Doctor :   On an average, the number of days the test can be done after an exposure is 12 days.
Doctor :   If it has been 4 days now, I suggest you to wait atleast for a week before getting the test.
Doctor :   Hope it is clear now.
User :   yes, it is clear
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   yes... this exposure was through oral sex... how likely is it for a person to contract the virus through oral sex?
Doctor :   May I know your gender?
User :   male
Doctor :   May I know who was the active partner?
User :   in active partner , i assume you mean the person giving the oral sex.
Doctor :   Yes?
User :   Well it was another male. He sucked my penis
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Chances of HIV infection depends on various factors.
User :   ok, can u tell me
Doctor :   In your case, the chances of you getting HIV, through oral sex and being a passive partner
Doctor :   is low.
Doctor :   This is because, saliva has the least concentration of HIV.
Doctor :   There are no reports of HIV being transmitted through saliva.
Doctor :   So based on the previous statistic reports, I would say, that the chance you getting HIV through that act is negligible.
User :   ok, but we also masturbated each other. we were in contact with each others seminal fluids.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   If there were contact with seminal fluids, then depending on the HIV status of the individual, the time period of contact, presence of raw wound can modify the chances of transmission.
Doctor :   Since there are all these factors governing the chances of HIV transmission,
Doctor :   I cannot predict the chances based on your description.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   Yes i have followed
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   i don't know the status of the other person. presence of raw wounds, is this on me or the other person? we were together for about 30 minutes. we did not hav intercourse
User :   there was more contact with pre-cum. we didnot come into contact with semen. i ejaculated out of this mouth
Doctor :   The chances of HIV, as I explained depend on the mode of contact and the time of exposure, the fluid of exposure and so on.
Doctor :   If there was no active sexual intercourse involved,
Doctor :   the chances of HIV is significantly low.
Doctor :   You can get the HIV test to confirm this.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?'
User :   yes doctor
User :   i will have the pcr test done after about 12 days
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no, thats all doctor. thank you for your infromation
User :   information
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Welcome back.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Are you there?
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