Hiv Testing

There are different tests available to detect HIV. They may test for antibodies alone or antibodies as well as p24 antigens from blood, saliva or urine of the person. While some tests may give immediate results, some require more time, up to a few weeks.

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Are results of tridot antibody conclusive?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an HIV test done at 45 days, 75 days, and 96 days. All are negative. Test I underwent is tridot antibody test. Is it conclusive? Or do I need to test more? CDC guidelines say conclusive at 90 days. So do I want to reconfirm? I tested at two famous labs which is NABL accredited....  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is good that your 96 days post exposure test is negative. The answer to your queries are: If the last unprotected exposure was 96 days ago only and there had been no further exposure, your test would be considered conclusive in that scenario. But if there had bee...  Read Full »

Can any undiagnosed underlying disease interrupt with the test result of HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a possible exposure before November 2019. I do not know the exact date. It was oral sex after that I got tested on 19th April, May 28th, and June 14th 2020 all were rapid tests and negative and Elisa on 15th June and it was also negative. My question is, can any other underlyi...  Read Full »

Dr. Hari Pathave

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you have tested three times April, May, and June and exposure is on November 19, then it indicates you are negative for HIV completely. You have done a rapid test and Elisa. Western blot test is more confirmatory. Yes, that false negative concept is there but if you...  Read Full »

HIV tridot antibody test negative till 10 weeks. Can it turn positive in 12 weeks?

Query: Hi doctor, HIV tridot antibody test done at 6 weeks, 8 weeks and 10.5 weeks. All negative. Are there chances it will turn positive at 12 weeks now? Test done with blood taken from vein.  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Following is my opinion for your asked question. HIV tri dot antibody test is having good sensitivity and specificity in ruling out HIV as like that of fourth generation ELISA. Usually tri dot HIV test is able to rule out HIV after six weeks of exposure. However, HIV t...  Read Full »

Does random tenderness with swollen underarm lymphnode signify HIV infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 29-year-old, married male. I have a baby who feeds on breast milk. I had a sexual encounter before 8 months with a professional with a condom. I am 95% sure that my protection was intact. Then I started reading about the HIV symptoms and technicalities of testing online. Five day...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Community Medicine Physician, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Preventive Medicine Physician, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The chances of transmission of HIV by the given description is almost nil. HIV tests are repeatedly negative and after three months of exposure it is conclusive. You are free from HIV. There is no need for you to worry about seroconversion. You can forget about the epi...  Read Full »

How is itchy rashes at bottom of ears related to HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had protected sex with a woman. After a few days, I had an itch at the bottom of one of my ears. After 12 days, I done an HIV RNA PCR test and it was negative. After a few days, I had a wart-like bump in the shaft of my penis and body itching. Then after 60 days, I have done HIV duo...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the case. In my opinion, if you have no contact history for almost a year then there is no need to repeat all the tests. But first, you need detailed physical examination because there are different types of itchy red bumps and some of these are lin...  Read Full »

Is HIV RNA PCR quantitative test conclusive at 69 days?

Query: Hi Doctor, I had done antibody for HIV1 &2 Rapid Screening Test at 63 days which was negative and then I did HIV RNA Realtime PCR Quantitative test at 69 days which was also negative “Target Not Detected”. I heard PCR is very sensitive and conclusive. Is that true at 70 days as well? Should I b...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychologist Counsellor

Answer: Hi welcome to icliniq. As the test are negative at 69 days , so you are free from HIV infection and need not to repeat the test. PCR test is usually not used routinely . Antigen antibody test can detect almost all cases after 4 weeks. If you can tell me about thest rapid test for HIV 1and 2 you h...  Read Full »

What can cause pain in a root canal treated tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 29 years old. I had protected sex with a call girl before five months. But, I want to confirm whether I was infected with any disease. I have read on the internet that window period for HIV is three months and hence to confirm I have undergone HIV testing called ELISA. The result of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Let me answer one by one. Yes, ELISA is highly reliable (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay). It has got the sensitivity of 99.97% after three months of exposure, which means out of 10,000 HIV positive people it can rightly level 9,997 people as HIV positive. There is no n...  Read Full »

Is the ELISA test challenging to perform?

Query: Hi doctor, Before 16 years, I had two high risk exposure with sex workers and the risk was condom break in both situations. After three months from my last exposure I did ELISA test for HIV 1 and 2. It came back negative. Again, I did the same mistake after one year, condom break with a sex worker....  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) is very easy to perform and has a sensitivity of around 99%, that means out of 100 HIV positive persons it will come positive in 99 of them. 1 person may come negative despite of him being HIV positive. So, at first instance, neg...  Read Full »

Is throat inflammation a symptom of HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had severe throat inflammation and went to an ENT doctor. At that time, he was with a HIV patient who has sore throat and ulcers. He used a spoon like equipment to check the throat of the HIV patient. The spoon like equipment is contaminated. Unfortunately, the doctor used the same s...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Deshwal

General Medicine Physician, HIV AIDS Specialist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Most of the doctors sterilize the equipment in a solution which is kept on their examination desk. You have not mentioned the time duration between exposure and the onset of symptoms, though HIV does not cause throat inflammation as a presenting symptom usually. Still you...  Read Full »

How conclusive is HIV CMIA test result on 26th day?

Query: Hello doctor, I took an HIV CMIA test on 26th day after a sexual encounter. The test result is negative. I had protected sex but I saw some blood on the inner parts of my partner. And also at the time I was having two pimples on my penis at the end and not on the tip. I am concern about that. Is an...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to HIV negative test report at 26th day post-exposure is quite assuring, but, a confirmatory HIV antibody test is further required at three months of last exposure. There are no specific symptoms by which we can diagnose HIV. The complaints which you are having could be d...  Read Full »

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