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AFRO-NETS> RFI: HIV Antigen Test (2)

RFI: HIV Antigen Test (2)


Yes, you can test in early stages of HIV infection (days). Since an-
tibodies take some time (4 to 8 weeks, maximum 6 months) to rise, 
you'll need to use P24 antigen test, wich is available commercially. 
This is a reliable test useful in accidental puncture with infected 
devices and risky contacts (e.g. rape) of known or suspected HIV-
positive patients. It's also useful in symptomatic primary infection 
with HIV.

Hope this helps.

Best regards,

Luís Távora Tavira
Tropical Medicine Institute
Lisbon - Portugal
Clinicl and STD Unit

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