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Forum Name: AIDS

Question: hiv


 ouch66 - Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:02 pm

on january 27th i had unprotected sex when can i test for hiv? from what i read its not accurate until 6 months after.......? is that true....
 Dr. Anthony Solomon - Tue Mar 01, 2005 4:18 pm

Hello,

The information you have is not current.

Detection of antibody to HIV is the main modality of diagnosis of HIV infection in adults, but antibodies are not detectable before 4 -12 weeks of infection.
However, combination testing of HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies AND HIV p24 antigen allows for earlier detection of HIV infection.

I hope this information is helpful. Thank you for contacting our website.


Dr Anthony Solomon
MB BS DTM&H DIP.VEN FRSM
Consultant Physician, Tropical & Genitourinary Medicine

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