How to test for HIV?
P24 or HIV DNA PCR preferable during window period
Welcome to HCM.
Thanks for posting your query.
Widow period for antibody based tests is 8-12 weeks. During window period these test are not reliable. So raid test becomes more conclusive only after 12 weeks.
There are antigen based tests available to confirm HIV1 infection which is more common (.99% throughout the world other than in Africa) during the window period. P24 Antigen test, HIV DNA PCR and RNA PCR.
RNA PCR both qualitative and quantitative tests are available. Quantitative RNA is commonly available, but the result would be confusing for you. So prefer to have either P24 or DNA PCR which would be reliable and more confirmatory by 3-4 weeks. But to rule out HIV 2 infection which is less common (<1%) antibody based ELISA or Rapid test are useful and it become conclusive by 12 weeks.
I hope you got answered for your query. if more doubts feel free to ask.
No risk for HIV in a proper hospital setup.
Welcome once again.
Negative rapid test done at 6 weeks could be taken as confirmatory.
In a Hospital setup, before any surgical procedures the instruments used for the procedures are sterilized with either chemical treatment or with steam thoroughly. So there is no question of HIV transmission through this route. HIV can not be viable outside the body or body fluids not more than few seconds. So you need not worry about transmission of HIV during urethral dilatation or colonoscopy.
Your risk for HIV is almost nil.
The doctors who perform such specialized procedures would be very careful in sterilization procedures. So there would not be any lapse and you would not have any risk for HIV. Forget about this possibility.