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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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How reliable is Elisa after a week of unprotected sex ?

how reliable is Elisa HIV 1and Hiv 2 1st day and 1st week after unprotected sex exposure ? and how accurate is rapid test after 8 weeks and 2 days test ? m very scared i cant do things for past 11 weeks now m at 11 weeks . can i trust the 8 weeks 2 days rapid test , finger pricking test ? How many percentage is the 8 weeks 2 days test reliable ? please help me out sir/madam..
Wed, 11 May 2011
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Pediatrician 's  Response
hello,
hiv antibodies take 3 to 6 months to be formed. so elisa will be negative in 1st 3 months . so p 24 antigen test is done in this period.take care
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General Surgeon Dr. Rajinder Bajoria's  Response
Hello
Welcome to health care magic
HIV has very long & varied incubation period ,so Elisa( forHIV) negative even up 3-6 months is of no significance.So after unprotected sex one should be watchful ,as tension & worry don`t help instead they aggravate things.If still not sure go for western blot test.
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