Hiv Rna Pcr Test

HIV RNA PCR test is a type of test to detect HIV much earlier than the conventional tests. This test is also used to measure the activity of the HIV virus in a HIV positive person.

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HIV1 RNA test is negative. Can it be concluded that I do not have HIV?

Query: Hi doctor,I had sex with massage girl a month back with a condom. But I am not sure about condom break. I had HIV1 RNA test 21 days late. It came negative. So do I need to take another test or can it be concluded that I do not have HIV?  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you need to go for fourth generation ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay). For more information consult a HIV AIDS specialist online.  Read Full »

Is my RNA HIV early detection test conclusive?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a question about RNA HIV early detection test. I took this test 16 days after exposure, my results were negative. Is that conclusive?  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, it is not conclusive. Go for fourth generation testing at four weeks interval. Nevertheless, what was the exposure?   Read Full »

The fourth generation combo test is negative. Am I risk-free from HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had protected vaginal sex and unprotected oral sex with CSW and for peace of mind, I tested with HIV fourth generation duo combo (Ag/Ab) test and RT PCR viral load test at 23 days from exposure. The fourth generation combo test came negative and RT-PCR viral load came below the detec...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Protected sex is safe as far as risk of HIV is concerned. Insertive or sex has a negligible risk of transmission of HIV. As far as testing is concerned, only a four-week fourth generation HIV screening test is considered reliable. Though even that has to be followed up ...  Read Full »

I have performed HIV 1 RNA PCR test and duo combo test post-exposure for HIV. Are they conclusive?

Query: Hello doctor, I have done HIV 1 RNA PCR 12 days after exposure, followed by a duo combo test on the 37th-day post-exposure, and both came negative and non-reactive. Can I take these two tests as conclusive? Do I need further testing? I have taken the opinion of 2 other HIV specialists, and they both...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your anxiety, and the fear of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is pretty much a stressful state. HIV has a window period of 12 weeks post-exposure. During the test, results can be false negative. However, the 4th generation combo test has very hig...  Read Full »

What are the chances of getting HIV after protected sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26-year-old male. I had protected sex with a sex worker a month back. I used one condom, she gave oral sex and post that had vaginal sex for 5 minutes. Once I finished off, I went to the bathroom and got cleaned off. I could not see any tear as such on the condom. I just washed my ...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) with given description is almost nil. The HIV test is likely to be negative. If the test is negative, it is almost conclusive provided there is no further risk exposure. The chance of test result coming p...  Read Full »

HIV 1 and 2 are nonreactive 28 days after exposure. Should I repeat it later?

Query: Hello doctor, HIV 1 and 2 are nonreactive in the tri-dot test done after 28 days of exposure. Should I repeat the test for confirmation?  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tri-dot is a third-generation test for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). HIV infection has a window period of one to three months, during which these test results may be false negative. According to WHO (world health organization), all the test results are conside...  Read Full »

Which HIV test can be done nine days after possible exposure?

Query: Hello doctor, I did deep kissing like nine days ago with a girl that had HIV. Of course, I knew that after. And while it was dark, I was kissing her body too but because I did not have condom we did not have sex. Is it possible to get HIV by kissing her body or contacts with a body rash or something...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have noted your concern. Kissing is safe as far as the risk of HIV is concerned unless she had oral sores or bleeding gums which may increase the risk. Kissing on the skin is also not a risk. HIV is only transmitted through unprotected sex - either vaginal, anal ...  Read Full »

While on PEP, is HIV RNA PCR test conclusive?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old male and had unprotected anal-vaginal intercourse with a sex worker, me being the active partner. I was put on PEP immediately within 11 hours post exposure and the first dose of PEP was the tablet TLE (Tenofovir or Lamuvidine or Efavirenz), given to me on the morning o...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have noted your concern. Perhaps your question was not completely typed. Anyways, your PEP regime of Tenofovir/Emtricitabine and Dolutegravir is recommended one. Continue with it for 28 days. As far as the HIV PCR RNA test is concerned it is not a reliable test w...  Read Full »

Can I get an HIV RNA test after eight days from an unprotected sexual event?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to ask whether I can get an HIV RNA test after eight days from an unprotected sexual event? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus) and RNA-PCR (ribonucleic acid-polymerase chain reaction) tests are very sensitive tests done after 12 to 14 days of risk exposure. It is more than 95 % sensitive. You can also go for an HIV antibodies test...  Read Full »

Can I contract HIV from unprotected oral sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected oral sex and protected hardcore sex with a commercial sex worker whose medical status was unknown. After four weeks of exposure, I had breathing and stomach bloating problem. I am allergic to cold and the climate in our area dropped considerably. I consulted a doctor ...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by unprotected oral sex is almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in both. This is unlikely. The chances of transmission of HIV by protected intercourse is almost nil. The risk is almost nil. You ...  Read Full »

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