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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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My condom broke during intercourse. Am I at the risk of getting HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old. I had double protected sex with a lady three weeks back. But during sex, accidentally, the condoms broke, and I immediately took them outside. I got tested for viral markers immediately the same day, and it came back negative. I am feeling sick for the past five days. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You would not be at risk if there was no exposure to vaginal fluid with your glans penis. Even if the exposure was there, the chances of acquiring HIV are very low as the contact period was extremely short.  Read Full »

My HIV tests fall under false negative. Can I have HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, My ex-partner had HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) three years ago when I was along with him. But, he informed me regarding this very recently. He did not make me aware of his condition. We were not careful always. After getting to know, I checked on internet about its signs and symp...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Out of nearly hundred person having sex with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) positive person, hardly less than one may get infected. The chances of acquiring HIV after sexual exposure is less than one percent. I would suggest you to get HIV RT- PCR (reverse transcript...  Read Full »

As I had unprotected sex, could HIV testing be a risk to me?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old male working in MNC (Multi National Company). I am sexually active. Seven months back I had a brief unprotected sex with a CSW (Community Sex Worker) and post of which I got scared and did the following tests. Fourth generation test after 7 weeks, 12 weeks, 22 weeks ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Let me answer your queries one by one. No, you are talking about the case of extreme rarity and you have tested enough to prove yourself negative. Your girlfriend has no chance to get acquire HIV. These are the most accurate test available and detect both antigen and a...  Read Full »

Could diarrhea, oral ulcers, and weakness indicate HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I performed receptive fellatio on a guy 55 days back. I took RNA PCR (Ribonucleic acid polymerase chain reaction)TEST after 11 days and then again at 35 days and both were negative. I also took a fourth generation combo test (antibody and p24) on 38th day and it was negative as well. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, Candidiasis is there. But, it is usually the late manifestation of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Since, all your tests are negative, consider yourself as negative unless proved otherwise. All other things can also happen without HIV. Go for HIV test one more ti...  Read Full »

I have migraine and neck pain after oral sex. Is it due to HIV?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 23-year-old male. Four months back, I had oral sex with a sex worker (female). After that, I did not feel anything in my body. Suddenly, a week back, I got a migraine and now I am feeling some difficulty in my chest. There is pain in the back of my neck that radiates to the center o...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Kindly undergo testing to have a clear idea as these symptoms may or may not be that of HIV. I hope this helps. Thank you.  Read Full »

I fear contracting HIV from sex workers. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old male. I had a very brief unprotected encounter with an escort. I do not know her HIV status. I did ask her afterward and she told me she was clean of STDs (Sexually Transmitted Disease). I offered to pay her well just to get an HIV status and she has not responded. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your exposure was not sufficient enough to acquire human immunodeficiency virus (HIV virus). Frankly speaking I have not seen a single case of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) with such a short exposure. Oral sex particularly from the donor point of view is consider...  Read Full »

How accurate is this HIV 1/2 antigen and antibody test?

Query: Hello doctor, Actually, I had casual sex with a CSW (Community Sex Worker) a month back. I did my HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) 1/2 antigen and antibody test 15 days back, almost after 26 days. I got symptoms of swollen glands under my jaw and a stiff neck, as well as joint and muscle aches. Tod...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sensitivity is up to 92 percent in your case. You need to repeat testing after 12 weeks.   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 »

How long should I wait after taking PEP for the next tests?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an encounter about a month ago and that have put me at risk of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). I was out of town for vacation and visited a doctor who prescribed me Truvada and Tivicay as PEP (Post exposure prophylaxis). I finished the 28 days regimen yesterday and tomorrow I...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Wait for another one more week. Antibody usually becomes positive after three to four weeks of exposure and one more thing repeat the test after two more weeks at different laboratories to rule out any kind of possibilities. As per guidelines, two tests from different lab...  Read Full »

Please suggest a test to confirm HIV.

Query: Hi doctor, I had sex 40 days back. I feel burning sensation in penis for last 1 month. I had HIV test after 12 days of exposure and it was negative. Now, I have severe throat pain and fever even after three days course of medication. What to do? Please guide.  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your HIV tests (human immunodeficiency virus) are not conclusive because none of the test will become positive in 12 days. Your sexologist should have told you this. Please go for HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibody test and HIV RNA RT-PCR test (reverse transcriptase polymerase chai...  Read Full »

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