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Doubts on tests for HIV detection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   Hello Doc
Doctor :   how can i help u?
User :   would you be able to help me with HIV related questions?
Doctor :   hello
User :   Doc are you there?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   i am here
Doctor :   sure
Doctor :   please proceed
User :   what would be the accuracy of antibody test at 7 weeks?
User :   INSTI Rapid test
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User :   let me know when you are back.
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   actually antibody test will be negative
Doctor :   initially
Doctor :   if u want early detection then u should go for p24 antigen test
User :   they dont have p24 in XXX
User :   I had negative rapid test at 7 weeks
Doctor :   ok
User :   is this conclusive or should i continue to test?
User :   There is conflicting information all over the internet
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   no this is not conclusive
Doctor :   u should go for ntigen testing
Doctor :   antigen*
User :   they dont have antigen test, so when should i take the antibody test again?
Doctor :   u need to take antibody test again after 3 to 4 months time
User :   XXX://XXX
Doctor :   because there is a time period called window period in which inspite of being infected antibody testw ill be negative
User :   Mass health care say they are accurate after six weeks
Doctor :   but it also tells that u need to take test again after 3 months to confirm
User :   what about DNA PCR?
Doctor :   For a conclusive test result, itâ??s recommended to wait 3 months before getting tested.
Doctor :   dna pcr
Doctor :   is the standard test u can relp upon
User :   proviral dna pcr?
User :   proviral dna pcr?
Doctor :   yes
User :   I cannot type anything
Doctor :   n RNA PCR test will produce a positive test result within two to three weeks. A DNA PCR test will provide positive results within three to four weeks (sometimes sooner).
Doctor :   but best is p24 antigen testing
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