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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   is ELISA (RAPID) reliable at 10 weeks post exposure
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   It is reliable
User :   How different it is from the traditional ELISA
User :   the lab tech. told me that I have two options 1) Rapid card test 2) ELISA
Doctor :   The technique is ELISA which detects antibodies formed by the human body because of the HIV virus
Doctor :   So any test will detect antibodies
User :   is rapid test able to detect all subtypes as traditional one
Doctor :   It may be rapid or traditional
Doctor :   Yes
User :   at three month mark, If RAPID test comes negative, can it be conclusive
Doctor :   It is conclusive after three tests, 1 month, 3 month and 6 month
User :   same is the case with traditional elisa
Doctor :   yeah
Doctor :   ELISA is the same
User :   I want to know my HIV risk
Doctor :   What is your age?
User :   33
Doctor :   When did you contract it and how?
User :   I involved in a non-penetrative sex with a CSW
User :   It was genital rubbing with underwear on
User :   at no point mine or girl's underwear came off
Doctor :   Non penetrative sex cannot be high risk episode
User :   but I felt some moisture
Doctor :   or the genital rubbing
User :   also there is a dried pimple kind of thing on my penis, which is since few years
User :   how risky was the act
User :   can hiv by transmitted by this
User :   my 6 week, 9 week and 10 week ELISA (RAPID) came negative
Doctor :   You should not worry
Doctor :   at all
User :   i got a HIV DNA Detector test done at 52 day mark
User :   it came "not deteted"
Doctor :   So why are you worried?
User :   the test was done at Super Religare Lab, and I do not know if the kit they use check for all subtypes of HIV 1
User :   nothing metioned on thewebsite in their test info
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   They check
User :   do i need further testing
Doctor :   No need
User :   I need some assurance, as on what basis you can say that I do not need firther testing
Doctor :   HIV DNA - PCR technique says there is no virus detected
Doctor :   If there is no virus detected how can an antibody is formed
Doctor :   If there is no antibody, ELISA cannot detect it
User :   Abt PCR DNA I read that they are made for Subtype b virus only
User :   in india subtype C is prevalent
User :   Also is Super Religare a good and reliable la
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   It is reliable
User :   you mean then I do not need further testing
Doctor :   Yes
User :   how may years a person with HIV can live
Doctor :   Normal life as others
Doctor :   The HIV person has normal life span if he is cautious about his lifestyl
User :   and when do the treatment starts.................immediately after infection or after some time
Doctor :   The treatment for HIV virus is given if there are certain copies of virus around 50,000 / ml
Doctor :   In your case, they did not detect any
User :   and normally how much it takes to develope 50,000/ml,
Doctor :   Do you mean time?
User :   yes................average time
User :   months or years
Doctor :   It depends on the immune status of the individual
User :   lets say an healthy person
Doctor :   and other co morbid conditions like STD's\
Doctor :   It can develop in 1 week also
Doctor :   For you, I suggest you is to stop thinking about HIV infection and start concentrating on constructive
Doctor :   I think you are losing your important time in your thoughts
User :   I agree with you Dr..............but my anxiety is not coming dwn
Doctor :   Take the help of a psychiatrist
User :   how risky was my it possible for HIV to travel through underwer in body fluids
Doctor :   and there are some medicines to help you cut
User :   and infect the other person
Doctor :   No
User :   I felt some penis was not wet
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