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Q. Will consuming liquor affect HIV test result?

 

Hi doctor,

I want to ask that I drank some liquor (two bottles of beer) 11 hours before taking HIV test. My result was negative. It was ELISA test. Can I be conclusive of my result? Should I test again? Will consuming liquor affect HIV test result? Please help me.

 

Dr.Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula
MBBS., MD DVL., DNB DVL., FELLOWSHIP DERMATOPATHOLOGY
Cosmetology, Dermatology, HIV/AIDS Specialist, Venereology

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Consumption of alcohol will not affect the test result for HIV. However, HIV has a window period of one to three months during which the test result can be a false negative. The result can be considered conclusive if done after 12 weeks of the last suspected exposure.

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Thank you doctor,

Now I feel better.

 

Dr.Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula
MBBS., MD DVL., DNB DVL., FELLOWSHIP DERMATOPATHOLOGY
Cosmetology, Dermatology, HIV/AIDS Specialist, Venereology

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Please make sure that you repeat the test by ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) at 12 weeks after the last possible exposure. Alcohol, prior intake of medicines, fever or other common infections do not affect the test result.

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Thank you doctor,

I tested for HIV at 11 months after exposure. Can this result be considered? If there is any alcohol content while testing, will it affect?

 

Dr.Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula
MBBS., MD DVL., DNB DVL., FELLOWSHIP DERMATOPATHOLOGY
Cosmetology, Dermatology, HIV/AIDS Specialist, Venereology

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

11 months is well beyond the window period. According to WHO, all results 12 weeks after the exposure can be taken as final. In your case, there is no need to panic at all. Your report can be considered conclusive and you can be sure that you have not acquired HIV. Alcohol will not affect the test result as the method employs detection of antibodies which is independent of other factors. You can rest your fears and go ahead confidently. There is no need for any further testing.

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