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Window period for HIV NAT test - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I had sex today and I wasnted to know what is the window period for the HIV NAT test please? How long shoudl I wait till I can go get tested ?
User :   Hello
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
Doctor :   3 months is the window period
User :   ncie to meet you
User :   I just typed my question above if youc an see
Doctor :   The time when antibodies show up in blood
User :   is this the rapid or NAT?
Doctor :   Its for both
User :   but why in the testing center they say its about 2 weeks or less?
User :   is the info wrong?
Doctor :   Because before three months we generally ontain more of falswe positive
Doctor :   The accurate values are obtained after three months
User :   will u be able to read this ont his link please?
User :   XXX
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Just a moment
User :   Are you in the XXX dr.
User :   ?
User :   ok thank
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   XXX
User :   ok
User :   so?
Doctor :   Where has he mantioned regarding window period
Doctor :   I would rather suggest you get checked from a recognized centre from government
User :   in teh same page
User :   What's the testing process like? The Center's warm and welcoming staff will greet you and guide you through the simple process. By painlessly rubbing oral, Q-tip-like swabs in your mouth, we'll test for gonorrhea and Chlamydia in your throat. We'll also collect a blood sample for a rapid HIV test and an advanced diagnostic called a nucelic acid amplification test (or NAAT) that can detect HIV as early as seven days after exposure. We'll also test the blood for syphilis.
User :   and abover the page there is a sentence in red saying We can detect HIV as early as seven days after exposure!
Doctor :   Ok
User :   in in the same page i showed u the link
Doctor :   I dont think so
Doctor :   Ya i have read it
User :   So to go back to the question
User :   if I had sex today and i want to be sure Im NEG i will refrain from sex for how long till i get tested ?
Doctor :   As per my knowledge we suggest checking after a mimimum three months
User :   and you have never heard of this before cuz this is what they do in the XXX and I thought u might know
Doctor :   Atlest three months for confirmed results so that false negative results are avoided
User :   I see
User :   well thanks anyway
Doctor :   Do you have a govt recognised centre
Doctor :   Plz refer them
User :   I only know of this
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
User :   but will ask aroudn more
User :   thanks for yru time
Doctor :   Sure
Doctor :   Bye for now
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