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When rapid test done for Elisa, HIV 1 and 2 done, how authentic are they - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   your good name
User :   hi doctor actually i discussed with you that elisa test right.
Doctor :   Yes
User :   but today i saw that report clearly which showed that it was a rapid test done in 30 minutes.Elisa hiv 1 hiv 2 antibody the test authentic or no
Doctor :   Yes, this test is authentic.
Doctor :   Rapid test and ELISA works on the same principles of detecting antibodies.
User :   were u talking about the same test or it was different.
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Rapid test and ELISA works on the same principle of detecting the antibodies.
Doctor :   The reliability of both test is based on the time of the test.
Doctor :   They are less reliable when done between 2nd week to 3 months.
Doctor :   The only difference among this test is that Rapid test is done when one needs the test urgently in few hours.
Doctor :   While ELISA takes a day or two to get the results.
User :   can i rely on this test.
Doctor :   Yes, you may rely on this test.
Doctor :   However if you want to be very sure of it, then you will need to repeat this test after 3 months of exposure.
Doctor :   That is in your case after another 2-3 weeks.
User :   with the same rapid test or elisa which take 1-2 days.
Doctor :   if you are going to get a repeat test, then my suggestion to you is to get the ELISA test.
Doctor :   As they are the widely used test.
Doctor :   Rapid test is also fine.
User :   actually i had a word with the lab head a doctor he said this test is same as elisa.10 week negative test is negative but if you want you can repeat after 3 months.
User :   he said this test is latest in india and done everywhere.i wanted to conform it from you since you only recommended it.
Doctor :   May I know if the lab head person was a doctor or a technician?
User :   doctor khurana
User :   a doctor
Doctor :   Let me put across in simple words to you.
Doctor :   As far as my opinion goes
User :   the name of hospital is columbia hospital gurgaon.
Doctor :   the risk of HIV is very, very, very unlikely.
Doctor :   As I have explained to you in our previous discussions
Doctor :   the chance that you will be positive is almost nil.
Doctor :   The tests suggested to you is only to help your anxiety.
Doctor :   Since you are still not convinced with the report that you have,
User :   you are so kind thanks.
Doctor :   I have suggested you to get another test done
Doctor :   after 3 months of exposure.
Doctor :   If that test is negative
Doctor :   then you do not have any chance of getting the infection.
User :   hello
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   i have followed the suggestion correctly.i was convienced with the report but wanted to know the difference between the elisa and rapid test.
User :   since you say both work on same principle then it is ok.
Doctor :   Practically there are no much difference between ELISA and Rapid test
Doctor :   except that you get reports of one test early in a few minutes and the ELISA after a day.
Doctor :   Both the test work on the same principles.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   yes one query the swelling on my groin is not any std.i want to clarify not hiv sign.
Doctor :   Swelling in the groin can happen due to many reasons apart from HIV.
Doctor :   And a lone groin swelling doesn't conclude HIV.
Doctor :   Now, since HIV reports have come negative, the swelling might have occurred due to other causes.
User :   i am just asking you.It is not enlarged swelling i would say minor swelling in groin area.
Doctor :   The chance that this swelling is related to HIV is very remote.
Doctor :   No need to worry about this.
User :   thanks.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   one query is that sometimes i feel boody circlulation in my legs and water circulation in my abdomen is it normal.
Doctor :   These symptoms are not suggestive of any serious organic medical condition.
Doctor :   Most likely the cause of these symptoms is anxiety.
Doctor :   Though I would say the symptoms are not serious, you may have to address anxiety either by life style changes or by medications.
Doctor :   Are you following?
User :   yes thanks for your help.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   bye
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