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Tests required for detecting HIV infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Doctor :   Hi
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How can I help you?
User :   Hi i have a query wrt HIV
Doctor :   Ok

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Proceed with it
User :   I had an exposure 3 months back
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   after 45 days of exposure i went to
User :   and got myself tested for PCR
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   the test result came as negative
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   Do i need to go for more test?
User :   they said no need
Doctor :  
PCR is a very senstive test
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and you need not get it done for now
User :   wat do u mean by now
User :   i mean r u saying sometime in future
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But if you are still having doubts, then you can repeat a test with ELISA method
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in a govt. hospital setting
User :   Which is good
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User :   i mean can u suggest any hospital
User :   yes
Doctor :   Sure

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User :  
Doctor :   Ok

User :  
Doctor :  
I would suggest you to get it done at
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they are better
User :   They are better than
Doctor :   and quite cheaper

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Not a comparison, but for a repetition
User :   can i go for test now
User :   as 3 months over
Doctor :   You can get it done after 6 months after the exposure

Doctor :  
Not required now
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as you have already got it tested
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PCR is a very sensitive test
User :   the thing is am very tensed
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and ELISA is just for a reconfirmaion
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as you are having doubts
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Such things in the mind can lead to psychological disorders
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of repeating the test again and again
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You should not do that
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It can lead to obsession like problem
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Are you getting it?
User :   yes
Doctor :   So you should stop worrying for now

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and should not think of it till then
User :   I can be certain that i dont have hiv based on PCR test result
Doctor :  
Yes
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There is no problem
User :   I got few symtoms like pain in groin region, then i went for PCR test
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
such symptoms are not there
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in HIV
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and has no relation
User :   i saw on net , that lymph nodes near groin region are symptoms
Doctor :   It does occur in certain other STDs and not for HIV

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Clinically HIV infections are mostly asymptomatic in the initial years
User :   k
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?

User :   can i ask u few other questions?
Doctor :   Sure
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Proceed with it
User :   u there?
Doctor :   Are you not getting my lines?

User :   i think there is some network problem from ur side
Doctor :   Ok

User :   i m not able to see any response now from u...
Doctor :  
I could not figure it out this end
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Are you seeing it now?
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It seems you have moved out of the chat window. Please log in back if you have medical queries.
Doctor :   Are you back
User :   hi, yes
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
Fine
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Yes proceed with your next query
User :   from past few weeks i my mouth is getting dried
Doctor :   Ok

User :   i have dry mouth specially in night
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   and throught the day also
User :   i m not sure why
Doctor :  
With the tension and anxiousness you are having wrt this HIV test,
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it is likely to be blamed first
User :   no no
User :   i dont have anxiety, i sleep a lot
Doctor :   And the other common cause is dehydration

User :   there is no dehydration also for sure
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
How about lack of water intake?
User :   i dring 2 litres minimum
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Drink frequent sips
User :   every day
Doctor :  
and whenever you feel it, drink a glass of water
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and drink water from a glass
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rather than a bottle
User :   lets say i drink now, immidiately after that i will feel thirsty
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   im sorry not thirsty
User :   my mouth remains dry
Doctor :  
And next thing which I would like you to check is the blood sugars
User :   u mean to say Sugar test
Doctor :   Yes

User :   k
Doctor :  
and if you have infections in the throat/mouth, then that is one more cause
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like a small mouth ulcer
User :   i have pain in my right side of throat
User :   not always
Doctor :  
Ok
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You should get a ENT examination once
User :   the pain starts from right side of my mouth and then below ear
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
The ear tube opens in the throat
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and does happen when throat is affected
User :   i had got ent advice around 4 months back
Doctor :  
Ok
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What was the finding?
User :   he said its because of acid reflux
Doctor :  
Yes, it is a condition where in the acid comes to the throat
User :   he asked me to take Rabiprazole
User :   i took it for around 45 to 50 days
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Ok
Doctor :  
It is a good medicine
User :   that time pain was more and throught the throat
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Did you find any changes after using it?
User :   i mean throughout the throat
User :   after medicines i recovered a lot
Doctor :   Ok

User :   but this pain is still there
User :   i mean below my ear
User :   and right side of mouth
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
It is more likely to be a problem in the throat
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with the correlating symptoms
User :   can u suggest me any doctor where i can go and get checked
User :   good doc
Doctor :   Sure

Doctor :  

User :   is he an ENT
User :   specialist
Doctor :   Yes

User :   k, the other problem is i have back pain also from long time
Doctor :  

User :   k
Doctor :   Ok

User :   and bit of headache
User :   luckily i dont have today
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
Wont you get confused with different conditions?
User :   i know
User :   but these are problems i am facing
Doctor :   meaning getting all the info at a single time

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or is it fine with you?
User :   as u say
Doctor :   My intention is that you should not get confused

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that is the reason
User :   k
Doctor :  
you can recollect this session
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and later login again later in the evening or tomorrow
User :   Will u be there?
Doctor :   Yes, I shall be here till 9 PM

User :   k thanks
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and there are other doctors as well
User :   k
Doctor :  
who can help you
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available 24/7
User :   its just i wanted to discuss all the problems with single doctor
Doctor :  
Sure
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I shall be available
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till 9 Pm today
User :   K,Thanks for your inputs,bye
Doctor :  
and also from 2 PM tomorrow
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting HealthcareMagic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.

User :   sure
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