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Tests to check HIV infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hello?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can I help you?
User :   12 days ago I had 2 drinks of scotch and later solicitaed the services of a woman whose vagina I licked. She did not seem to have cuts or bruises on her vagina
Doctor :   ok
User :   I had my dental visit 3 months ago and the dentist gave me a clean chit
Doctor :   ok
User :   this is driving me to high anxiety, how low risk of hiv infection am I at?
Doctor :   the chances of you getting HIV are vary less I will say less than 5%
User :   and the total time I was down her was for less than a minute
Doctor :   plz provide your age
User :   I am 37
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   your chances of getting HIV are less than 5%
User :   I am going for a rapid test tomorrow, in a period of 12 days , if there is any infection of that 5% chance that we are stating, will the rapid test do any good?
Doctor :   yes it will provide good information
User :   and this anxiety is so high that because of it I keep loosing my apetite
Doctor :   dont worry go for HIV testing everything will be fine
User :   the initial symptoms of hiv namely the enlargement of lymph nodes, how long does it take for that to happen on an average?
Doctor :   these all will generally appear after 1 month
Doctor :   and usually will pass on unnoticed
User :   the rapid test... what does it test for?
User :   Doctor are you in the United States?
User :   Do you know of any centers that offer P24 antigen test or the PCR test for hiv?
User :   In New Jersey
Doctor :   I am In India
Doctor :   Rapid test will test for nucleic acid of virus
Doctor :   I am sorry for this but I dont have details at present. I will forward this to my technical team
User :   Doc I am originally from India too, and am of the Nerd kind, so I had never indulged in such activities ever. God I hate that scotch
User :   one final question....
Doctor :   are you going for rapid test like oraquick or so?
User :   And this has probably more psycological nature than internal medicine one, When I asked the woman to lick her vagina she asked me if I was Clean, Would you imply logically and psycologically that she was clean too?
Doctor :   it seems but one should not take chance
User :   I dont know what kind of rapid test it is, I am going to the local hospital , is there a rapid test that you would suggest I should ask them to take? The last I know of was that the rapid test they conduct takes 15 minutes to get the result, so is that the ORAquick test or something else?
Doctor :   see the rapid test regarding which you are talking will measure the antibodies against the virus in your serum
User :   is there a name for this test?
Doctor :   but the time required to develop measurable antibodies in blood will be atleast one month
Doctor :   yes it is ORAQUICK
User :   ORAQUICK measures the antibodies ?
Doctor :   earliest the infection can be detected by nucleic acid test that too after 12 days
Doctor :   yes
User :   so is there a Rapid test that measurs the nucleic acid?
Doctor :   nucleic acid test is known as RT-PCR test
User :   and how long does the result for RT-PCR test take to come?
Doctor :   it may take few hours
User :   ok, but given my premises you'd say that the chances of me getting infected are very low?
Doctor :   i dont know exact timing
Doctor :   yes
User :   thanks Doc
User :   by the way where in India are you at?
Doctor :   plz fill the feed back form
Doctor :   we are located at Bangalore
User :   thx doc
Doctor :   Have you filled the feedback form?
User :   yes did it
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   no , thats all doc, I just hope that this one wrong move on my part does not cause me my life
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting HealthcareMagic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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