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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Is there a possibility that I am infected with HIV even if all the HIV antibody tests return 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 »

I had a wound in my cuticle, and I came in contact with the blood from an HIV-positive person. Can I get HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, An HIV-positive person accidentally cut his finger and was bleeding. I helped this person fix a band-aid, but I forgot I had a cut on my cuticle. He has been on medications for the past three years, but I am afraid I will get HIV as his blood came in contact with my open wound. Kindly he...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. There would be a chance for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) transmission if the open wound had contact with the infected blood. But, if there is no breach in the skin, or if the skin is intact, the virus cannot enter the host as intact skin...  Read Full »

I recently had an HIV screening test. What do you think is the most accurate measure of any window period?

Query: Hi doctor Hope you are doing great. Please see attached the reports for the viral markers and VDRL/RPR screening along with this query. These tests were undertaken after eight months and 19 days of exposure or 263 days post-exposure. I have a few doubts as follows basis my understanding so far:- (1)...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) antibodies test was done as a combo test in the attached report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and it is negative. Therefore, it is conclusive as per the said dates, provided the...  Read Full »

I am a female and had a potential exposure during oral sex with a bump or sore on my tongue. Please help.

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 »

My HIV combo and p24 test results came negative after I had protected sex. Are these results conclusive?

Query: Hello doctor,I had protected sex with a commercial sex worker. I was worried, so I underwent an HIV combo test along with p24 antigen screening after 34 days which came out negative. However, after four days, I got flu symptoms, so I kept overthinking. So I want to ask if my test results are conclus...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by single-protected intercourse is almost nil if a condom is used appropriately. The chances of HIV tests coming positive later are almost nil with the given description and test...  Read Full »

I have severe anxiety due to fear of HIV. Please help me.

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with a sex worker with a condom on but at that time, I had itching problem in my hip joints. I had sex for four to five minutes. That was my first time having sex. I am in too much fear of HIV. I tested tri-dot on the 31st day and it was negative. Before the test, I had a ski...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by protected intercourse is nil if used in a right way. Tri-dot being negative after one month is good. The chances of HIV tests coming positive later is almost nil. It would be better to go for HIV...  Read Full »

Can unprotected sex for a minute cause HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex with an unknown woman hardly for a minute about a month back. After about four days, I got cold and a kind of sore throat, but not exactly sore throat. I got tested for HIV after 15 days and it came back negative. Now, for the past one week, I have a feeling of so...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chance of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by single unprotected intercourse with a HIV positive person is 1/200 to 1/1000. It is very low. She may be negative, so she might have asked it. Probably, the test done was antibodies tests. It is consid...  Read Full »

I am gay and I had oral and anal sex with a guy. Am I at risk of HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, I am gay. I had sex with a guy today. We had kissing, oral sex, and anal sex. Both oral and anal sex was with protection. I even changed condoms between the activities. He ejaculated outside and not in my anus. But after sex, he disclosed that he is also into unprotected anal sex, and the...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances of transmitting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by single protected intercourse with an HIV-positive person is almost nil if a condom is used correctly. The chances of HIV transmission by protected oral sex are nil and kissing is almost nil unless there a...  Read Full »

My HIV 4th generation duo antigen/antibody test came negative after 31 days. Can I still be infected?

Query: Hello doctor,I had unprotected sex with a CSW last month. Two days later, I got her tested at a reputed pathology laboratory for HIV 4th generation duo antigen/antibody test, HBsAg, and HCV. All tests were negative. I never had any of the HIV symptoms.As it could have been a high-risk exposure, I go...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have checked your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is good that HIV 4th generation duo antigen/antibody test is negative after 31 days of exposure. The chances of HIV (human immunodeficiency viruses) tests coming positive later are a...  Read Full »

Can I contract HIV from unprotected oral sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected oral sex and protected hardcore sex with a commercial sex worker whose medical status was unknown. After four weeks of exposure, I had breathing and stomach bloating problem. I am allergic to cold and the climate in our area dropped considerably. I consulted a doctor ...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by unprotected oral sex is almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in both. This is unlikely. The chances of transmission of HIV by protected intercourse is almost nil. The risk is almost nil. You ...  Read Full »

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