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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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Screened for HIV after eight weeks of exposure. Is it reliable?

Query: Hi doctor, I did an HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) rapid screening after eight weeks of exposure, and the results came negative. I do not have any other symptoms of HIV. Is this result reliable? Do I need to do other tests?  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The tests available for HIV diagnosis are highly sensitive and specific and gives accurate results. Majority of the people who are infected with HIV develop HIV antibodies by two to eight weeks. Approximately, up to 5 % develop seroconversion by 12 weeks. Your HIV negativ...  Read Full »

Please guide me in undergoing HIV confirmatory tests.

Query: Hello doctor, The last exposure was a year back, had pin-prick sensations on head and arms. After three months, I had three HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) tests, two were blood and one rapid test oral. Eight months later, I had a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) RNA (Ribonucleic acid) qualitative...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Anaparthi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per description, you are more obsessed with HIV rather than the actual scenario. Any infection will have a remnant in the body, called the footprint of the infection. In case of HIV, the virus leaves its particles in the body, of which p24 is the core protein that pro...  Read Full »

What tests should I do to confirm my HIV status?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with CSW (Community Sex Worker) and my condom got broken. I have started feeling symptoms and have a cold sore throat and rashes on my back. I had tested on the 22nd day and 95th day, both were antibody tests and got negative and my doctor asked me to retest after six months....  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Regarding HIV infection, the window period (or period in which a person might test negative for the virus but actually be positive because of a delayed immune response) is typically between 21 and 60 days. There is however some evidence that it can be as long as 180 days...  Read Full »

I was ill, following unprotected oral sex with a gay male. The results of all my HIV tests are negative but I am worried. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected oral sex with a gay male. 12 days later, I did an HIV RNA test, and the results were undetectable. On the 31st day after exposure, I tested negative after doing the HIV 4th generation test with p24 antigen. Approximately around day 32, I became ill with a sore throa...  Read Full »

Dr. Shah Sushma Kant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We will pay close attention to your worries and address all your questions with utmost care. You have taken enough tests, and all are negative. All the tests taken on the 12th and 31st days are negative. On the 32nd day, you developed a sore throat, enlarged ly...  Read Full »

I had a problem with erection during sex and found vaginal fluid on my thighs. I got negative HIV test reports but have all the symptoms. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, This is my first exposure as I used a condom my organ did not erect so I removed the condom. Then I used saliva for the handjob and used another dotted condom, but my organ did not erect though I participated in sex with a condom for two to six minutes. Later I wore my dress, after 45 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. The window period is the time taken for antibodies to develop and then be detected by a particular test. The majority of the people who get infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) develop HIV antibodies in two...  Read Full »

I did STDs, and HIV tests after HSV exposure which came negative. Are the reports reliable, and do I need more tests?

Query: Hello doctor, I did STDs test after exposure HSV test for three, six and eight month by rapid method and on ninth month by Elisa method which came negative. I also did HIV by 4th gen combo cmia test which came negative. Please suggest my status disease wise? Do I need more test? How much reliable m...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. The answers to your queries are: 1) All tests for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) screening as per the attached information are negative. Hepatitis B & C are also negative. You were also screened for syphilis infe...  Read Full »

What are the tests and precautions to be taken for HIV after unprotected sex?

Query: Hi doctor, Yesterday night I had sex with some unknown person. While doing sex my condom got torn and I had removed my penis at the same time and I had lip lock kiss too. I am scared of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), could you please guide me what all the precautions I have to take and what all...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Anaparthi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As I can see that the episode is recent in time, I would suggest you use post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) as early as possible within 72 hours of exposure. The chances of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) transmission are related to the status of your partner and viral lo...  Read Full »

Do the symptoms like fever, cough, and sore throat indicate HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with my office colleague 15 days back and he looks healthy and happy, but within two weeks of that incident, I got cold, fever 99.8 Fahrenheit, sore throat, toothache, and severe cough like never before. I am very scared. I got my period four days after sex. I am worried abou...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the condom was intact, then there is nothing to worry. Nevertheless, you can go for HIV testing at four weeks.  Read Full »

I had protected vaginal sex with a massage lady and all my HIV test results came negative. How much risk can I exclude?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26-year-old male. Two months back, I had unprotected oral sex and protected vaginal sex with a massage lady. 16 to 17 days later, I had a fourth-generation HIV test at the hospital, which came back negative. On days 37, 42, and 49, I used a rapid third-generation test at home, w...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understand your concern. 1. Although your HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) test results are quite assuring, you still need to undergo a confirmatory HIV rapid antibody test after three months of last exposure. There is no need to repe...  Read Full »

I get a sore throat and diarrhea after sex with my wife. Do I have HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 51 year old male. Whenever I have sexual intercourse with my wife, I get a sore throat and flu-like condition. Whenever I have anything cold, my throat gets infected. I also have diarrhea. My wife is also suffering from the same problem, and my son has diarrhea sometimes. All th...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It does not appear to be HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). The symptoms of HIV will be entirely different, and also you got tested negative. But if you still have doubt, then you can retest. Getting sore throat after sex is probably a coincidence, and sore throat af...  Read Full »

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