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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What happens if sweat or water drops into the blood used for HIV testing?

Query: Hi doctor, I took OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV 1/2 antibody test today at a nearby clinic after waiting the window period for exposure of more than 90 days. I was told that the result was negative. My concern may be very paranoid and unnecessary; however, I am more curious than anything. I wanted to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are not paranoid, but genius. Yes, anything in the blood may change the results, and that is why we advise sterile things. But, test results if positive never shows negative. HIV virus persists till it is in any wet medium. If blood dried, then no HIV virus persist....  Read Full »

How to know if my symptoms are due to HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I had exposure from the massage parlor last week. I got a handjob from the lady. This is the only exposure I have. I have taken the following test, and all the results were negative. I have given the details below: At four weeks: HIV ELISA antibody = negative VDRL = negative Hep B and...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through the message, and saw many tests done. All tests conclusive accuracy is 99.6-.99.9%. If you are complaining sneeze congestion, throat congestion then they are recurrent in this season, or it may be strep throat. To rule out HIV, you need to go for a We...  Read Full »

Do I need further testing after a rapid test to conclude HIV status?

Query: Hi doctor, I have done a rapid test for HIV. Is it conclusive or not? Do I require repeated testing?  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not worry. It is conclusive, and no further repeated tests required.  Read Full »

CMIA test is negative.Shall i take Gilo Ghan Vati of Patanjali? Do I have AIDS?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old male. I have done a fourth generation CMIA test which came negative after 10 years of post-exposure. I have also done RT- PCR for HIV1 and HIV2 but both came undetected and my CD4 count is 428. I was sick for the last one year with abdominal pain, oral thrush, body pain...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The fourth generation CMIA (chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay) kit test is 99.9 % correct. But symptoms are present. CD4 count is also not that high, but till results are negative. No one can say HIV positive. Go to any government hospital and give the blood...  Read Full »

Can kissing and getting touched by vaginal fluid on face cause HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, Two days ago, I met a sex worker and we were just kissing each other and my underwear was on. Then she started playing with herself and there were vaginal fluids on her hand. She put her hand on my face and close to my nose and wanted me to smell her vaginal fluid. After about 10 minutes...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to When there is no sex intervention and vaginal fluid was touched by her on the face, so it is clearly no penetration as the skin acts as a strong barrier. Kissing has the least chance or nil for HIV but yes, HSV (herpes simplex virus) is common. If any symptoms other ...  Read Full »

Are my symptoms and HIV tests related to ARS?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a male, 26 years old. My HIV tests were negative and I have attached them. There is a mild rash on face and upper arms (non-itchy red spots), little fatigue (all from three weeks and still there even after eight weeks). Are all the above tests conclusive? Further testing required? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You go for the required test every time. All times all the test are negative. No more tests are available. When all the above-mentioned tests are negative, there is no meaning of the p24 test. Sometimes the virus remains in a dormant stage, but if you take good diet ...  Read Full »

How can HIV and STD be ruled out after protected sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sex with a sex worker. I used a condom but I am still worried that I may get HIV or any STD. I did not see condom after intercourse whether it tore or not but I think the head of the penis was covered well. Am I safe? What are my chances of getting HIV?  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you have had protected sex, no chance of HIV, STD, or HSV may be there. If any symptoms appear then think about the test. At present, no need for ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) in 7 to 10 days. or RNA PCR on the 15th day or fourth generation CMIA kit te...  Read Full »

My HIV tests are negative after two months of oral sex. Am I safe?

Query: Hello doctor, Two months back I met a girl and we ended up back in my room. Long story short, she performed oral on me for about 30 seconds and I performed oral on her for maybe about the same, less than a minute, no intercourse. About two weeks after my friend came down with a cold and so did my b...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you had enough sea water inside, it would have caused a sore throat. In all the tests you are found negative especially fourth generation which is very authentic and correct. So, no HIV infection is there. You have done a very good job to test the girl which is al...  Read Full »

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