Should Post-examination Be Not Found HIV On Lab Results?

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What if someone has done an HIV test, and the results are not found HIV antibodies in the blood. But still worried about the couple whose MSM contracted HIV. Do you need to re-check? If so, why?

1 Answer:

Hello Meliza,

Thank you for the question.

Having sex with a partner whose sexual history is not clear can increase your risk of contracting HIV. If this sex is carried out same-sex (male to male), then the risk will be even higher. Why is that? Because, when having same-sex sex, the potential for injury to the sex organs due to not producing enough lubricating fluid will increase, so that the potential for viruses to enter the blood vessels is wide open. Not only that, your risk of contracting HIV will be greater if you frequently change partners, do not use condoms, and use unsterile syringes (such as when using injection drugs, piercing, or tattoos).

Detecting whether you have HIV or not can be done by seeing a doctor. Ideally, for more accurate results, the examination should be done around 3 weeks to 3 months after the risky behavior is carried out. The type of HIV testing that is carried out can also vary, starting from the detection of anti-HIV antibodies, detection of HIV virus DNA, HIV antigen-antibody combination tests, and so on.

Therefore, regarding your question, when exactly are these risky sexual behaviors you do? When did you undergo the HIV examination? By what method does the inspection take place?

When in doubt, you can repeat the examination again with a distance of 3 weeks to 3 months from the last inspection you did. Consult with your doctor or intern doctor at the nearest health facility to be given the right direction in this regard.

Hope this helps ...

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