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Q. Can alcohol affect HIV results?

Answered by
Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 04, 2017

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 alcohol intake or not. How reliable is this test? I had oral sex around three years back, and I consume 150 ml alcohol regularly. For such a person, what HIV screening is recommended? For late seroconversion, which test is taken to find out HIV infection? Please explain in detail, as I am obsessed with HIV. Thanks.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • The answers to your queries are:
  1. 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.
  2. Recommendations are to get tested at four weeks by HIV antibody test and if the result is negative, then get a confirmatory HIV antibody test at three months.
  3. Stopping alcohol will help in the prevention of damage to your liver.

Hope your queries are answered, but please feel free to ask or call anytime for any further information. Best wishes.

For more information consult an HIV AIDS specialist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/HIV-AIDS-specialist


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