Updates on HIV testing Window Period
27th June 2013 was National HIV Testing Day in the US.
There were a lot of activities to promote HIV testing.
What I found interesting and also should be of interest to many readers of this blog is the HIV Testing Factsheet published by the CDC.
HIV Signs and Symptoms
The HIV Window Period and Test Accuracy
HIV PEP Post Exposure Prophylaxis
Please allow me to highlight some points in this factsheet:
1. The factsheet says that antibodies to HIV typically develop between 2 to 8 weeks after exposure to the virus. This we already know but I am glad there is more official recognition of this fact. So for those of you who are still sweating over your 3 months HIV test, stop sweating.
2. The factsheet also states that the P24 antigen can be detected within 4 to 7 days before antibodies appear. In other words, as early as 1 week from infection. This should also give comfort and reassurance to those of you who have undergone the Combo/Duo test at 3 to 4 weeks from exposure.
3. The factsheet also states that an RNA test can detect the HIV virus 10 to 15 days after exposure. I personally think that this should be the standard of care. Unfortunately, the RNA test in Singapore is costly and has a very long turn-around time. Our clinic in Thailand will be able to run this test at less than half of Singapore’s cost with a 1 to 2 days turnaround time.
Overall, I hope this factsheet published by the US CDC which is easily the most conservative medical institution I know, will give everyone some relief and reassurance.Click here for Detailed Information on HIV tests available at Our Clinics. Click here for Info on STD Symptoms in Men Click here for Info on STD Symptoms in Women Click here for Info on HPV Testing in Men
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About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.