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Swelling in the groin area, HIV test negative, early signs of hernia - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   hi sir....actually yesterday i did hiv elisa hiv 1 and hiv 2 and heb b.both non reactive after 10 weeks exposore.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   sir just want to know if futher testing is required or not.
Doctor :   HIV elisa tests are based on detecting antibodies in the body.
Doctor :   HIV and other infections antibody detections are affected by window period, a period where the antibodies may not be seen in the blood in spite of infections.
Doctor :   In case of HIV, this window period in most individuals is between 2weeks to 3 months.
Doctor :   So as far as HIV is concerned, since you have got the test at the 10th week which is close to 3 months, you need not worry.
Doctor :   The chance that you can have be infected by HIV is very, very, very less.
Doctor :   The chances is less than 1%.
Doctor :   Hepatitis B has a much larger window period between 2weeks to 6 months.
Doctor :   The chances of Hepatitis now is less but a repeat test after 6 months may be necessary to rule it out though.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes sir.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   i want to clarify one more thing sir i did the test after completion of 10 weeks.
Doctor :   That is right.
User :   do you say further hiv testing is required or only for heb b
Doctor :   What clarifications are you looking for?
Doctor :   I would not recommend further HIV testing, however a few doctor's suggest a repeat HIV test after 6 months are necessary, if the exposure is a high risk one and possibility of HIV is strongly suspected.
Doctor :   Hepatis B is advised after 6 months, if you are looking to completely rule the infection out.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes sir completly.
User :   sir one more thing which i want to tell you regarding my swelling on groin.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   yesterday i showed it to a senior doctor.he said early sighn of problem gets sever it need to operate.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   want to know sir if there is any medicine to cure or how is the operation.complex
Doctor :   Medical drugs do not cure hernia.
Doctor :   surgery is the only option if you are looking for a cure.
Doctor :   Having said this, there are people who have lived most of their lives with hernia.
Doctor :   You need to follow the advices suggested by your doctors as strictly as possible.
Doctor :   This includes avoiding constipation, chronic cough, severe abdominal exercises and so on.
Doctor :   Surgery is not a very major procedure and is done under spinal or epidural anesthesia.
Doctor :   You may need to stay in the hospital for few days following the procedure.
Doctor :   There are no major complications expected following it.

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