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    Hello,
    I have been in a protected sex with unprotected oral sex 16 days ago.
    I'm afraid I have contracted HIV, and there are 3 blood tests available to me.
    I've been very anxious for 16 days.
    I'm also afraid of the false positive situation.
    Can you tell me which one is the most accurate to do at 16 days post-exposure? Can a PCR test yield a false positive if I have another virus like SARS-COV-2?
    - Early diagnosis of infections: HCV RNA, HBV DNA, HIV-1 RNA, HIV-2 RNA (ultra-sensitive method) plasma, Qual.
    - HIV-1 HIV 1 (Qual.) (Real-Time Method) (Qual.) HIV-1, RNA (HIV-1, PCR) plasma, Qual.
    - HIV-1, RNA (HIV-1, PCR) plasma, count. HIV-1, RNA (HIV-1, PCR) plasma, count.
    I'm sorry if the names are unclear because they're translated from another language.

    P.S. it's stated on the testing clinic's website that the 1st test in informative after 10 days.

  • #2
    Hi AntonKhalil

    Option 1 includes other viral STDs like hepatitis B as well. You probably do not need HIV-2 as it is not endemic in Russia

    Option 2 and 3 are similar, both HIV RNA PCR testing. I believe either option would be fine. Test at least 12 days after exposure

    Regards

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dr. Zeng Shanyong View Post
      Hi AntonKhalil
      Option 1 includes other viral STDs like hepatitis B as well. You probably do not need HIV-2 as it is not endemic in Russia
      Thank you for your reply!
      Unfortunately, I have done the 1st test 2 hours ago. Would it be less accurate or would it mistake other viruses with HIV? Do I need to conduct one of the other options instead?

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      • #4
        Hi AntonKhalil,

        No worries, it is as accurate. It will not mistake the other viruses as HIV

        Regards

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        • #5
          Thank you!

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