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How Many Times Negative Test For HIV Can Be Considered ?

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Posted on Tue, 25 Jun 2024
Question: after the window period what peecentage of hiv tests would you expect to show false negatives or would they not be expected to occur after many years from exposure and tests taken even the rapid swab tests worried about the effectiveness of the tests
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Answered by Dr. Sankaranantham Murugan (2 days later)
Brief Answer:
Doubts cleared by better and more reliable tests

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
It is very much unlikely to get a HIV negative test done after years of exposure unless done in a wrong way other than the way on the instruction.
If you are having so much of doubts still, you can either go for a Western blot test for HIV or HIV Combo test for HIV 1 antigen and HIV 1 and 2 antibody test or HIV PCR tests separately for both HIV 1 and HIV 2.
Dr S. Murugan
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Saisudha Kotla
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Follow up: Dr. Sankaranantham Murugan (7 hours later)
I did 2?more tests last week , that s 4 negative rapid tests now. Do you think my chances are better now with 4 negative ledts . can t all be false
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Answered by Dr. Sankaranantham Murugan (17 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You are free from HIV infection

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Welcome back.
I already assured you that you are free from HIV infection.
You mentioned that you underwent two more rapid tests for HIV. This time also you had oraquick or any other test?
Many types of rapid tests are available in the market. 4th generation HIV Combo or Duo test is more advanced and reliable up to 99. 7% or more, if done after 12 weeks after the exposure.
Dr S. Murugan
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Saisudha Kotla
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Follow up: Dr. Sankaranantham Murugan (6 hours later)
I did 3 more oraquick tests since. we spoke. so 5 negative results so hoping that should be enough to rule out chances of false results I thank you. for helping me .
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Answered by Dr. Sankaranantham Murugan (17 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You are most welcome

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Welcome back.
I hope you have been convinced about the outcome of your results and got relaxed.
Best wishes.
You are welcome always.
Dr S. Murugan
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Saisudha Kotla
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Dr. Sankaranantham Murugan

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How Many Times Negative Test For HIV Can Be Considered ?

Brief Answer: Doubts cleared by better and more reliable tests Detailed Answer: Hi, It is very much unlikely to get a HIV negative test done after years of exposure unless done in a wrong way other than the way on the instruction. If you are having so much of doubts still, you can either go for a Western blot test for HIV or HIV Combo test for HIV 1 antigen and HIV 1 and 2 antibody test or HIV PCR tests separately for both HIV 1 and HIV 2. Dr S. Murugan