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Tests recommended for detecting HIV - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hello Dr.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   I want to know my HIV risk
Doctor :   ok
User :   genital rubbiing with a CSW, with underwear on
User :   felt some moisture
Doctor :   Ok
User :   she also had her panty on
User :   what is the HIV risk
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   There is no risk with this manner
User :   what if some of her vaginal secretion pass through my underwear and contact my penis
Doctor :   that is not a likely possibility
User :   there is also a dried pimple kind of thing on my penis (this is from years)
User :   any risk due to this
Doctor :   when did you get the pimple after the event?
User : was before
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   that is not a risk
Doctor :   you should not worry
User :   you mean I do not need testing
Doctor :   it is not a risk in your case
Doctor :   as there is no penetration
Doctor :   you can get a test done only for the benefit of doubt
User :   no penetration at all
User :   how reliable is ELISA (RAPID) 10 weeks post exposure
User :   I got it done and it was negative
Doctor :   it is very much reliable
Doctor :   not a problem, since it is negative
User :   are RAPID tests good
Doctor :   it does not give negative without testing for the common subtypes
Doctor :   yes it is good
User :   I also got PCR DNA HIV test at lab
Doctor :   false positive is possible rather than false negative
User :   that was done at 52 day mark
Doctor :   PCR is also highly sensitive
User :   it came as "NOT DETECTED"
Doctor :   irrespective of the time of the test
Doctor :   that is fine
Doctor :   so there is no problem in your case
Doctor :   Relax
User :   should I go for additional testing at 3 month mark
User :   its now 12 weeks to that exposure
User :   should I wait for 1 more week .................or go for an ELISA now
Doctor :   no further testing is required
User :   you mean PCR DNA test is conclusive
Doctor :   yes it is
Doctor :   supported by elisa as well
Doctor :   I dont see any need for further testing
User :   but thats RAPID
Doctor :   I am aware of it
User :   PCR DNA also checks for all subtypes
User :   or only few
User :   I got it done from Super Religare LAb
Doctor :   yes it does check for all subtypes
User :   is this test sensitive enough to check for HIV after 52 days of exposure
Doctor :   Yes it is
Doctor :   I am aware of the complete picture reading your explanation
Doctor :   I havent left out any details
Doctor :   so dont worry about reconfirming the each componenet
Doctor :   I have read your query in detail
User :   my anxiety is not going
Doctor :   there is nothing to be anxious about the HIV part
Doctor :   you are safe
Doctor :   Do you have any other questions?
User :   no..........just a reassurance again
User :   there is no need for additional test
Doctor :   There is no need for further testing
User :   I do not want to take any chances
Doctor :   not to worry at all
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting, bye for now
User :   thank you
User :   bye
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