[Question #3540] Duo test

36 months ago
Hello doctor. Just for peace of mind i had a duo elisa test. Ag/ab Elisa test at 41 days post exposure. Can this test be considered conclusive or is there a need for a 12 week test again? I took the test because i am getting married soon and wanted to be sure. 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
36 months ago
I'm sorry to see you found it necessary to return after the reasoned, science-based reassurance you had from Dr. Hook. It was impossible to catch HIV from the exposure described; had your test been positive, it would have been necessary to look for another exposure that somehow happened without you knowing about it. But the test is reliable; the duo test is 100% conclusive at 6 weeks after the last possible exposure (in fact usually conclusive by 4 weeks) -- and 41 days is no different thatn 42 days. For sure you do not have HIV. Stop worrying about it!

HHH, MD
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36 months ago
Thank you doctor. Very sorry. My doctor told me to take the test because i was getting married and needed to be sure. Therefore, i took the test after 41 days. Then the next day i had diarrhea. Maybe thats what worried me doc. I thank you for all the help and support doctor. 
God bless you doctor. 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
36 months ago
I imagine your doctor recommended testing for the same reason I would:  not because you really were at risk, but because anxious persons often are more reassured by test results than by professional opinion, no matter how expert.

Thanks for the thanks. I'm glad to have helped.

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36 months ago
That must be true doctor. Maybe i was worried because there was a wound on the mucous membrane. Anyways. Thank you very much doctor. Both of the doctors here have helped me tremendously.  Planning to forget all about this and move on. 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
36 months ago
Good move -- best wishes going forward. 


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