Q. Can diabetes effect my HIV DUO test results?

Answered by
Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Oct 29, 2017 and last reviewed on: Aug 26, 2019

Hello doctor,

Some 20 months ago, while having tea outside the office, I felt a slight pinch in my hands. I thought it would have been a mosquito bite as it was itching. But, I also had a thought that someone might have inserted a needle. Recently, a month ago, I read in a leading newspaper that a husband tried to insert a needle loaded with HIV blood to his wife. Then, I got a bit worried and was anxious. So, the next day, I went and did a test. I have attached the test reports for your reference. I would like to mention that I have diabetes from past five years and I am currently on Istamet 50/1000 mg. I have a few questions. Kindly check the report and please let me know if everything is fine. What should be the duration of the exposure to needles and the test? As I am a diabetic and take a diabetes medicine, will this have an effect on the test results? Is it conclusive that I am HIV negative, as after that episode I did not have any other exposure? Please advice.

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Community Medicine Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Preventive Medicine Venereology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the report (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • The HIV antibodies test, which is a DUO (drug utilization observation) test, is negative after three months of exposure. It is conclusive that you are free from HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Antibody tests are considered conclusive after three months of exposure. Once infected, it will be positive even when you check it later.
  • Diabetes or its treatment will not affect the test results.

Regards.

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Thank you doctor,

I have diabetes and I am on Istamet 50/1000 mg. I would like to know if the HIV test results remain the same after three months post exposure in a diabetic person too?

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Community Medicine Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Preventive Medicine Venereology
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Yes, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) antibodies test three months post exposure are conclusive. You do not have any risk at all by the history you have mentioned earlier. So, you need not worry.

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