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After hiv exposure, how soon can the presence of hiv be

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after hiv exposure, how soon can the presence of hiv be detected. i was tested 2 weeks after exposure and again in 6 months. both results were negative. am i at risk?
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Dear customer,

did you have unprotected sex with hiv person?
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i am male and was sexually assaulted by a male. i do not know his hiv status.
Doctor: Dr. RK, Doctor replied 6 years ago
Dear customer,

thank you for information,

The HIv test can detect antibody, or hiv rna, dna in the body of suspected individual.The antibody test can detect antibodies after 3 weeks but in some cases it may take upto 6 months after the hiv exposure

The RNA-PCR test directly detects the hivRNA in body and can detect afer 2-3 weeks after the risk exposure.

Since you already had two test negative 6 months apart so the chances of hiv infection is ruled out in you.You should not worry at all.

If you are still having doubt then have the PCR test done which directly detects hiv virus though it is somewhat costly test.

Here is the link for more information

types of hiv test

Let me know if you have any doubt.


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