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Are HIV Elisa Tests Reliable?

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Posted on Tue, 14 Nov 2017
Question: I tested for HIV1 and HIV2 antibody test at 6 weeks and the 6 month through Elisa test method both came out negative, just that I got the result within 2 hours does that mean I should now stop worrying? My concern is that the results come out within 2 hours. It is fine? Waiting For your reply. Thanks
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Answered by Dr. S. Murugan (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
You are free from HIV infection.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Welcome to HealthcareMagic.

Thanks for posting your query.
Window period for HIV is within 12 weeks after the risky contact. So your non-reactive HIV ELISA done 6 months after the exposure is highly reliable. Almost all the HIV tests available in the market are highly reliable to the extent of 97 % or more. So you are free from HIV infection and not to worry about the same. You can very well get the report within 2 hours.
Dr S Murugan
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. S. Murugan (51 minutes later)
Thanks a lot Doctor! I feel so relieved. I have been stressing myself for the last 6 months after I had unprotected sex with a friend, the thoughts of HIV took over me so much that I started seeing , hearing it everywhere be it banners, radio commercials in fact it took its toll so much on me I wasn't even believing the reports I felt life was trying to tell me something. But thanks to you're immediate reply today I fee relived and I think the government ads are a great awareness for us youngsters and my prejudice towards HIV has surely gone! Thank you sir! Thank you god! :)
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Answered by Dr. S. Murugan (26 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You are most welcome.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Welcome back.
Nothing to worry. Forget that incident. Have a nice time .
Dr S.Murugan
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Brief Answer: You are free from HIV infection. Detailed Answer: Hi, Welcome to HealthcareMagic. Thanks for posting your query. Window period for HIV is within 12 weeks after the risky contact. So your non-reactive HIV ELISA done 6 months after the exposure is highly reliable. Almost all the HIV tests available in the market are highly reliable to the extent of 97 % or more. So you are free from HIV infection and not to worry about the same. You can very well get the report within 2 hours. Dr S Murugan