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i had a hiv-1 RNA TEST DONE AT 7 DAYS

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Posted on Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Question: i had a hiv-1 RNA TEST DONE AT 7 DAYS AFTER POSSIBLE EXPOSER RESULT WAS NEGATIVE
IS THIS A RELIABLE TEST FOR 7 DAYS
ITS BEEN 4 WEEKS NO SYMPTOMS BUT IM FREAKING OUT I MIGHT HAVE THIS
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Answered by Dr. Monika Dede (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
HIV RNA usually is used to follow the impact of ARV therapy.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to 'Ask A Doctor' service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

I think having a negative result of HIV 1 RNA test is a good news.
But usually, according to the recommendations we use 4th generation HIV test after 4 weeks as an accurate test and then after 3 months from exposure as a conclusive test.

HIV RNA usually is used to follow the impact of ARV therapy.

Hope I have answered your query.
Feel free to ask further.


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i had a hiv-1 RNA TEST DONE AT 7 DAYS

Brief Answer: HIV RNA usually is used to follow the impact of ARV therapy. Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome to 'Ask A Doctor' service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. I think having a negative result of HIV 1 RNA test is a good news. But usually, according to the recommendations we use 4th generation HIV test after 4 weeks as an accurate test and then after 3 months from exposure as a conclusive test. HIV RNA usually is used to follow the impact of ARV therapy. Hope I have answered your query. Feel free to ask further.