[Question #524] HIV test and air travel

41 months ago
 Dear Doctors
Will flying effect the accuracy of a 4th generation HIV test.Can i take a test the next day after flying or do I need to wait a few days

Thanks 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
41 months ago
We get many questions about things that might make tests for HIV less sensitive and cause them to fail to detect infections.  Fortunately, there are very few things that would have this effect.  Air travel would have no effect on infection if it were present, nor on your reaction to infection IF you were infected.  Thus being tested the day after flying should have NO effect on your test results.  EWH
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