Q. How long should I wait to detect HIV and STD in urine?

Answered by Dr. C Elanchezhian and medically reviewed by Dr. Nithila A

 

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Hello doctor,

I had forced gay sex before 17 days. I had an HIV rapid test after six days of having sex, and the result was negative. Am I prone to HIV and STD's? How long it takes to detect HIV and STD in urine test after exposure?


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Dr. C Elanchezhian
M.D GEN,MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Good, you have done a rapid HIV test, and it is negative. But normal results are negative. This means that no antibodies were found and that you may not be infected with HIV. Most people who become infected with HIV will develop antibodies to the virus within two months. During this time, you may have an HIV test, but this test cannot detect it.

You will have to repeat the test more than three months after your possible exposure if your results are negative. Better do ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) for HIV, and VDRL (venereal disease research laboratory), TPHA (Treponema pallidum hemagglutination assay), and HBsAg (surface antigen of hepatitis B virus) for STD. If possible, investigate your sex partner also.

 

Thank you doctor,

It was not wanted sex. It was an assault. Before two days, I had a master health check-up. How long does it take to detect STD in a urine test after exposure?

 

Dr. C Elanchezhian
M.D GEN,MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Urine test only rules out chlamydia and gonorrhea. It can remain in the body for weeks, months, and even years without showing symptoms. Only ELISA helps in the detection of HIV.

 

Thank you doctor,

My question is that in health check-up they check for Chlamydia and gonorrhea. How long does it take to detect those STD using urine test after exposure?

 

Dr. C Elanchezhian
M.D GEN,MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

It will take one week to ten days to get the result.

 

Thank you doctor,

I am not asking about the result. As my exposure was before 17 days, will these STDs be detected in my urine test? I had my health check-up two days before. Will the urine test detect these STDs if I have it as the window period is only 15 days.

 

Dr. C Elanchezhian
M.D GEN,MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

As I told you urine test show only chlamydia and gonorrhea and not syphilis. This will show positive even up to six months. But for HIV window period is within three months of infection.

 

Thank you doctor,

What is the window period for chlamydia and gonorrhea, and when should I go for the test?

 

Dr. C Elanchezhian
M.D GEN,MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

There is no window period for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

 

Thank you doctor,

Will chlamydia and gonorrhea get detected as early after exposure?

 

Dr. C Elanchezhian
M.D GEN,MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, immediately it will show. It will be there for up to three months if not treated.

 

Thank you doctor,

How long it takes for the symptoms to show up?

 

Dr. C Elanchezhian
M.D GEN,MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Symptoms can appear anywhere from 1 to 14 days following exposure to the infection.

 

Thank you doctor,

Please tell me some basic symptoms.

 

Dr. C Elanchezhian
M.D GEN,MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You had sex in anal so itching, soreness, white discharge, and bleeding from the anus can be the symptoms.

 

Thank you doctor,

Will these symptoms appear in all cases?

 

Dr. C Elanchezhian
M.D GEN,MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

No, only those who are infected will have at least one or all symptoms.

 

Thank you doctor,

If there are no symptoms, then am I free from them? Are STDs curable and how long does it take to cure?

 

Dr. C Elanchezhian
M.D GEN,MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Except HIV, all other infections are curable.

  1. First for gonorrhea take tablet Norflox 800 mg (Norfloxacin) only once.
  2. For chlamydia take tablet Azithromycin 500 mg once daily for three days.
  3. For syphilis Penicillin injection will be helpful. Ask your doctor regarding dose.
  4. For HIV, see the lab report and take respective treatment.
 

Thank you doctor,

Some times I am feeling itching down the penis. Is it due to sweat or any disease?

 

Dr. C Elanchezhian
M.D GEN,MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Do you have itching continuously or occasionally? If itching is more wash with little salt water.

 

Thank you doctor,

I have itching occasionally. How long does it take to cure chlamydia and gonorrhea

 

Dr. C Elanchezhian
M.D GEN,MEDICINE
General Medicine, Internal Medicine

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Gonorrhea usually takes one day, whereas chlamydia takes three days to get cured.

 
 
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