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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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Could I be having HIV even if my test reports are negative?

Query: Hello doctor, It has been 22 months since my last exposure to HIV. I had done the TRI-DOT test, and comb AIDS test eight months after exposure to HIV, but they were negative. However, I have been having symptoms such as slight ear pain and sore throat for the past six months. And also, I get cold ea...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. If the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibodies test is negative after three months of last exposure, it is conclusive, provided there is no further risk exposure. The attached report (attachment removed to p...  Read Full »

Will exposure to oral sex with a tongue sore lead to HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female individual and had a potential exposure recently when I was giving a blow job with a bump or sore on my tongue. He did not ejaculate in my mouth, and I was not sure if the bump or sore was an open wound. It was hard to see when I looked in the mirror, but I knew it hurt. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by single unprotected oral sex is almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in the oral cavity. The sore may not be a bleeding wound, as per the description. The chances o...  Read Full »

I got tested for HIV, and the results came back negative.

Query: Hello doctor, I have taken a HIV test due to a recent possible exposure. The incident happened 60 days ago. So, I did a rapid HIV test. It is negative. I also did a Western blot test. HIV 1 and HIV 2 are negative, but the serum control band is present. What does it mean? Is it indicative of an HIV i...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can understand your concern.It is good that the HIV rapid and Western blot tests are negative after 60 days of exposure. The chances of HIV tests coming positive later are almost negligible. But it is better to go for an HIV antibodies test after three months of exposu...  Read Full »

My HIV antibody test is negative. Is a repetitive test needed?

Query: Hello doctor, Four months ago, I had an unsafe exposure and got tested for HIV. I got the result as non-reactive. Should I test again?  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The HIV antibody test is negative after three months of exposure. It is conclusive, provided there is no further exposure to any risk factors. Therefore, there is no need for further HIV tests.  Read Full »

I had oral sex with a man and started PEP within 56 hours after exposure. Can I be HIV positive?

Query: Hi doctor, I had oral sex with another man a month back. The partner never finished in my mouth. I started to feel symptoms of a sore throat the next day and developed a night sweat that night. I also had swollen lymph nodes. I started PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) within 56 hours of exposure. I n...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. The chances of transmission of HIV by single unprotected oral sex is almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in your oral cavity. The risk is low to nil. When PEP has been initiated within 56 hours of exposure, the risk is even further reduce...  Read Full »

My Tridot test is nonreactive after 160 days of unprotected sex. Is the result conclusive?

Query: Hello doctor, I had oral sex with my partner for 4-5 seconds, then I got scared and got away. And no sexual intercourse. I did not have any symptoms like fever, sore throat, oral thrush, etc. I got tested after seven days and after 160 days Tridot test. Both came negative (Tridot was nonreactive on...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances of transmission of HIV by the given description are almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in the contact area. HIV antibodies test (here Tridot) is negative after three months of exposure is conclusive. You are free from HIV provided there is no furt...  Read Full »

I had a runny nose and sore throat after protected sex. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a protected sex with a spa girl ten days back and after three days I started getting a runny nose and a sore throat. On the sixth day of the exposure, I went to STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) clinic. They asked me to do an HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) PCR(Polymerase chain R...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances of transmission of HIV by protected intercourse is nil if the condom is used in a right manner. The HIV tests are repeatedly negative especially the PCR at 11 days combo or duo test after one-month exposure. With the given description and test results, the cha...  Read Full »

Should I retest for HIV after 6 months of exposure?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex with a sex worker and after exactly 12 weeks of exposure, I did an HIV 1 and 2 antibodies and HIV 1 and 2 P24 combo test. It came negative. But, some guidelines advise repeating the test after six months. Should I consider my test conclusive or test again after six m...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. HIV antibodies are formed two to six weeks post exposure. Three months is the latest time given. If the antibodies tests are negative after three months of exposure, then it is conclusive that you are free from HIV, provided there is no further risky exposure. You ne...  Read Full »

I had an intercourse with a masseuse. Could I have HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, A week ago, I had an intercourse with a masseuse. I was wearing a condom while penetrating her, but while I was removing it after sex, I realized that there was a tear in it. I do not know her HIV status. What should I do now? Kindly advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern and would be happy to help. The chances of transmission of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) after single unprotected intercourse with an HIV-positive person are low. I suggest you go for an HIV antibodies test now a...  Read Full »

What do my HIV reports indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, What do this reports indicate? After one-year exposure, following tests were taken HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)1 and 2, western blot, which was negative. HIV-1 RNA PCR(Ribonucleic acid polymerase chain reaction) qualitative- non-detectable. Please let me know whether I am positiv...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a confirmatory test. It is done after one year of exposure. You are free from HIV. You can allay fears of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency virus) from that exposure. Forget about the incid...  Read Full »

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