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By 6-7 weeks there should definitely be markers for HIV. Did your doctor (or the person's doctor) test them specifically for HIV, or was it just a general blood test?
Not sure. His symptoms were swollen glands, fever, shivers etc. He went to the Doctor and was prescribed Penicillin and the Doctor recieved the results back and said 'everything was ok and he was on the right course of treatment'
Not sure whether it was specific for HIV or not
If the doctor did not suspect HIV or if the doctor did not feel that this person was at risk for HIV then s/he would most likely not have run the tests that check for HIV. It wouldn't show up in a standard blood test.
S/he would have to order the test for specific antibodies (or a test to see if the virus was there - which takes longer)
Ok thank you for your help. What does a HIV test involve and how long does it take to get results?
I found your last question.The tests run for HIV are both those that check if the viral DNA is present, as well as those that check what immune reactions have been triggered by the infection. These are both tests that would be ordered by the doctor separately from a standard blood test.
There is a rapid test that can be run - this takes 5-40 minutes to run (though it depends on if and which lab it is being sent to). Usually the standard HIV tests are available in a few days.
If the patient hasn't been tested and wants to be tested anonymously, in the USA s/he can call(###) ###-####to find out where the test can be done.
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