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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I regularly consume alcohol. What is the recommended HIV screening test for me?

Query: Hi doctor, I have read that drinking alcohol affects the HIV test results. Does increased alcohol intake delay seroconversion time? If so, then how long one should wait? Three or six months? For such cases, can we take HIV DNA PCR as a screening test? Whether this test is also affected by much more ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The answers to your queries are: It is unlikely for a test result to be affected by alcohol intake. It will not have any effect. There is no need to wait to get the test. Recommendations are to get tested at four weeks by HIV antibody test and if the result is negativ...  Read Full »

Some semen contacted my penis from another person. Is it possible for me to get HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male. In an encounter with another man, some semen contacted my urethra or penis from mutual masturbation. There was no penetration or anything else. From the encounter, I got trichomoniasis which got cured with antibiotics. However, now I am too scared to get tested for HIV, whic...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by a single act are very low. If he is HIV negative, there is no chance of transmission. From the description, it appears that more than three days have elapsed since the ...  Read Full »

Can anyone get infected with HIV by getting a handjob?

Query: Hi doctor, Can anyone get infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by getting a handjob? The person's health status is unknown. What is the earliest test someone can have to know the status?   Read Full »


Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. The chances of HIV transmission by handjob is nil. The test can be HIV 1 and 2 RNA PCR (Real-Time Polymerase chain reaction) after 12 to 14 days exposure.  Read Full »

Could you please explain to me the HIV RNA PCR test report?

Query: Hello doctor, I have done the RNA PCR test (viral load test) done from a lab here. I am attaching the report. Kindly let me now the status of the report.  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The report suggests that you have a negligible amount of hepatitis B viral load and the interpretation is negative. It means that you do not need medication for treatment. Only symptomati...  Read Full »

What is the reason for testicular pain and my body feeling hot after unprotected sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a complete panel and RNA PCR tests after 53 days of unprotected vaginal sex. The results were negative, except HSV-1 was reactive. So, I went to meet my doctor with the reports, who told me to get an HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibody fourth generation test. The results were negative again. B...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The test kits used to diagnose HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) are highly sensitive and specific. It gives accurate results. You can surely rely on your 53-day result. The majority of people who are infected with HIV, develop HIV antibodies by 4 to 6 weeks of exposu...  Read Full »

How should I interpret my HIV, ELISA/ECLIA test result?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some queries about HIV, ELISA/ECLIA TEST. What is the cut-off for this test? In some lab reports, they do not mention the cut off rate. They just mention if it is reactive or non-reactive. In some labs, 0.9 is the cut off while in others, it is different. Why is it so?  Read Full »


Dr. Arun R Kaushik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The cut-off depends on the kit and the instrument used. For more information consult a microbiologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/microbiologist  Read Full »

What are the symptoms of AIDS?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected oral sex with a commercial sex worker five months before. Since then, I have had fleeting lymphadenopathy till now. I did my HIV TRI-DOT test (rapid HIV antibody test) and HIV ELISA test three months before, which were negative. I did an HIV-1 RNA PCR test, HIV-2 RNA PCR...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) testing should be done at the sixth week and then three months after unprotected sexual exposure. You had done many different method investigations for HIV, and you have also done ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) testing for HIV...  Read Full »

Is it possible to get HIV even after having protected sex with a CSW?

Query: Hello doctor, I had protected oral and vaginal sex with a commercial sex worker two nights back. The condom was intact throughout the intercourse. When I was about to ejaculate, I withdrew my penis, and the condom was intact even then. She got up and came with tissues, and I withdrew my condom with...  Read Full »


Dr. Manjunadh M Nair

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You practically have no chance of getting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), there is no point in worrying about it in further. After a month, you can do an HIV PCR RNA test to confirm it. For the time being, there is no point in thinking about it even if the girl was HI...  Read Full »

Can asthma medications and IgE levels affect HIV results?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a possible exposure to HIV, five months back. It was exactly on the 45th day I took an HIV fourth generation test, both HIV-1 and HIV-2 were nonreactive. At the 105th day, I took an ELFA HIV 1 and 2 antibody test, which was also nonreactive. I also did a viral load EDTA plasma HI...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) has a window period of 1 to 3 months, during which the test results can be a false negative. According to WHO (world health organization), all tests are considered conclusive after 12 weeks of the last exposure. As your test results ar...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to take PrEP with one kidney?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sexual intercourse with a girl last night and the condom broke. I went to get tested today and was told to come back in 10 days to check for HIV. I was suggested to take prEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) for HIV prevention. I did not mention to the doctor that I have one kidney as I...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. If you were having intercourse with some unknown female and condom broke then in such case you are at risk and post-exposure prophylaxis is a good option to prevent the infection. If you have one kidney, then that is not a big issue provi...  Read Full »

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