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HIV infection, test negative - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   i chat with one doctor in the noon
User :   this was regarding hiv infection
User :   i had tested myself for hiv infection n got just now got the report
User :   wanted if u can help me study / infer the report
Doctor :   I shall help you, in interpreting the reports.
User :   the blood report read as HIV I & II (Electro Chemiluminiscence)
User :   and the result says : non reactive
User :   does that mean hiv -
Doctor :   May I know the type of HIV test that was conducted?
User :   thats what i wrote : HIV I & II (ElectroChemiluminiscence)
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   let me brief you.
User :   ok...
Doctor :   The usual HIV tests are done to detect the presence of antibodies against HIV virus.
User :   ok
Doctor :   A non reactive test means, there are no antibodies present against the HIV virus, hence no infection.
Doctor :   But
Doctor :   The nature of HIV infection is that
Doctor :   you may not find the antibodies in the serum between 2 week to 2 months.
Doctor :   This period is referred to as window period.
Doctor :   Hence since you have got the test during this period, you will need a repeat test of the same after 2 to 3 months.
User :   ok....sure will do that
Doctor :   And if they too come non reactive, then you are negative for HIV infection.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   actually i had a protected sex on 28 aug & 03 Sep in China
User :   & had got lil fever followed by muscle pain for last 4-5 days
Doctor :   If the sexual intercourse was a well protected one, then the chances of you getting infected are extremely rare.
Doctor :   So you do not worry much on this.
User :   I was worried that despite having protected sex i might have got the virus
Doctor :   Get a repeat HIV (Elisa) test done after 2 to 3 months.
User :   i spoke to ur colleague in the noon ...n he told chances are very minimal
Doctor :   I mean you will need the repeat test after the window period.
User :   still i will get myself re tested after 2-3 months
Doctor :   Yes, the chances of infection is minimal/
User :   also....are there also some symptoms pre the second test which i should be observing
Doctor :   And it can be confirmed only by these test, (if you are not sure that there was no condom failures).
User :   i dont think so....
User :   i m lil worried with this muscle pain
Doctor :   The more pronounced symptoms of HIV, begin only when the immunity is down, down by the viral infection.
Doctor :   That would take a long time.
User :   actually it is not pain....but i get a feeling that legs have gon week at thighs....n i feel like doing stretching
Doctor :   The initial symptoms are usually same as any viral infection, that is fever, body aches, lymphnode swelling, and so on.
Doctor :   Its difficult to differentiate it from the normal and common viral infection.
User :   ok...thanks a lot for your wonderful assistance on this
Doctor :   Hence only these test can make the difference.
User :   i ll hope for the best for the second test after 2-3 months
Doctor :   Since you are sure that the sexual intercourse was a protected one.
Doctor :   the chances of infections are rare.
User :   yea i know that...but still would prefer to double check
User :   thanks
Doctor :   You would need the second HIV test at the time mentioned to confirm this.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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