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Clarification regarding hiv testing

Hello Doctor

I have few query regarding hiv testing.

my risk is low (needle stick)

test results:

1) 37 and 23 days
hiv 1 and 2 antibidy ELFA - non reactive (got result after 1 day)

2) 51 and 37 days of possible
hiv 1 and 2 antibidy ELFA - non reactive (got result after 1 day)
p24 antigen - non reactive (i dont know the generation of the test, nurse told me it takes 5 days to get the result)

Queries:

1) for 2nd set of tests, the mail nurse opened the blood tubes to balance the blood quntity from one tube to another after blood is drawn from me. So blood is exposed to air. Is this anyhow affects the hiv 1 and 2 antibody ELFA and p24 antigen test results?

2) by looking non rective test results after 37 days, is the test results conclusive?

thank you for your answers
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936016 tn?1332769204
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Good morning

TWO THINGS:-

1) I don't understand your question. Please tell me a) what the exposure was exactly b) when it occurred c) what tests you had and when.

2) we will endeavour to answer your questions within a 48 hour period - not 24 - and sometimes there will be a delay.

Sean
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i think my Question is bit confusing. i have 2 possible needle stick exposures and i took the latest test (hiv 1 and 2 antibody ELFA and p24 antigen) which is 51 and 37 days after exposure.

So considering the latest exposure which is 37 days fromn my latest test results, is the result is valuableto me? is it conclusive? do i need further testing?

the thing worrying me is the male nurse pore the blood from one tube to another and expose the blood to air which may affect the p24 antigen (and/or antibody test) result.

is the ELFA is better than ELISA method?

please respond me as i am very worried

thank you
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one more thing, I am from India and I took totally two antibody and one p24 antigen tests in Apollo hospital Bangalore
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Hello Doctor

its already more than 24 hours i paid the money for this question, but still i dint get any answers. I think it might be due to weekend or due to busy clinic hours. please respond me with my queries once you see my questions

thank you
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Thank you for your reply. below are the answers for your questions

a) what the exposure was exactly?

In a club a lady pat me on my shoulder and it hurts, i was busy and i dont know her and her intentions. since i am planning for my marriege, i dont want to take any chance :(

b) when it occurred?

it occured on jan 14th

c) what tests you had and when?

tests i had:

(1) On Feb 5th (22 days after the exposure)
hiv 1 and 2 antibody by ELFA: non-reactive (got the result after 1 day)

(2) On Feb 23rd (40 days after the exposure)
hiv 1 and 2 antibody by ELFA: non-reactive (got the result after 1 day)
hiv p24 antigen: non-reactive (got the result after 5 days. i dont know the generation of this test)

my queries:

(1) while taking blood for the test (on Feb 23rd, for antibody ELFA and p24 antigen), after drawing blood from me, male nurse opened the caps of blood tubes and pore blood from one another to balance the blood (he was having difficulty on getting blood during vanipuncture) and make blood expose to air. Is this cause any affect to test results? I mean by exposing the blood to air, the test result get wasted?

(2) If the test results not affected by blood exposure to air, then can i consider the antibody/antigen test taken at 40 days conclusive?

(3) Till now i dint felt/recognised any wired symtoms. Is this good indicative? how many people who actully infected shows early hiv symptoms?

(4) is the ELFA is better method than ELISA?

(5) do i need further testing?

thank you
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Hello Doctor

I am still waiting for my answers..... please respond
Avatar universal
Hello Doctor

I still dint get any answers for my queries :(
i am very worried
1024597 tn?1296026476
You didn't get any answers because 1) we couldn't understand the initial question and 2) you've bombarded us with stuff since. Slow down matey.

Your questions were:-

Thank you for your reply. below are the answers for your questions

a) what the exposure was exactly?

In a club a lady pat me on my shoulder and it hurts, i was busy and i dont know her and her intentions. since i am planning for my marriege, i dont want to take any chance :(

You're nuts - what on earth do you think has happened here - homicidal women patting people on the back? That is absolutely ridiculous.

b) when it occurred?

it occured on jan 14th

now you've told us what happened the date is irrelevant

c) what tests you had and when?

tests i had:

(1) On Feb 5th (22 days after the exposure)
hiv 1 and 2 antibody by ELFA: non-reactive (got the result after 1 day)

(2) On Feb 23rd (40 days after the exposure)
hiv 1 and 2 antibody by ELFA: non-reactive (got the result after 1 day)
hiv p24 antigen: non-reactive (got the result after 5 days. i dont know the generation of this test)

You didn't have an "exposure" - some friendly female patted you on the back...???

my queries:

(1) while taking blood for the test (on Feb 23rd, for antibody ELFA and p24 antigen), after drawing blood from me, male nurse opened the caps of blood tubes and pore blood from one another to balance the blood (he was having difficulty on getting blood during vanipuncture) and make blood expose to air. Is this cause any affect to test results? I mean by exposing the blood to air, the test result get wasted?

No - the description of the "exposure" suggests taht you are overly paranoid anyway. I don't know why or what the nurse was doing but it would not have influenced the result.


(2) If the test results not affected by blood exposure to air, then can i consider the antibody/antigen test taken at 40 days conclusive?

You didn't have an "exposure" - nothing happened to you apart from your over active imagination

(3) Till now i dint felt/recognised any wired symtoms. Is this good indicative? how many people who actully infected shows early hiv symptoms?

you didn't have an exposure

(4) is the ELFA is better method than ELISA?

all the same - in your case you didn't have an "exposure" and you did not need testing at all

(5) do i need further testing?

no-of course you don't - this is insanity. If I had HIV tests everytime someone touched me I wouldn't have any blood left - this is complete nonsense.

I'm stopping this question dead right here - the "exposure" wasn't one and I'm not going to spend more time on this nonsense.

Merv

thank you
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