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Window period for HIV infection to present itself - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi Dr XXX here
User :   Hi
Doctor :   How may i help you ?
User :   I got tested for HIV from Dr XXX yesterday. And it shows Non reactive (0.29). However, the last possible exposure I had is about 5 weeks ago.
User :   Do you think I need to get tested again.
User :   Test name is: HIV 1 & 2 ANTIBODIES SCREENING TEST
Doctor :   no, u dont need additional testing
Doctor :   you do not have HIV infection
User :   I was reading online, and it was written at places that its best to get tested after 3 months.
User :   Window Period.
User :   How correct is that Dr.
Doctor :   the window period for HIV infection to present itself is 4 weeks to 6 months depending ont eh immunity status,
User :   Then doesnt that mean, I may need another test after 6 months. Just a little doubtful.
Doctor :   Since the screening test - ELISA is negative, you can be assured as it hs 95-99 % sensitive to detect HIV
Doctor :   if you want to be sure, GO FOR PCR for HIV, which will be 100% sure and rules out HIV completely
Doctor :   and this test can be done 1 week after exposure
User :   ok. Thanks Dr. Have a good day.
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   bye for now,
User :   Bye
Doctor :   make sure that you leave your feedback as you log out
User :   sure.
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