HIV/Aids

Question
Posted by: | 2017/04/20

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Dear Dr. I had that there are condoms that do not necessarily protect against HIV but only pregnancy. Do we we have these condoms in the market in SA? Again, can HIV test 6 week after exposure to infection be reliable?

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HIV/Aids expert
- 2017/04/27

I have not heard of such condoms. Condoms provide protection against HIV infection and pregnancy. The HIV ELISA tests that we use are 4th Generation and they will show up a positive result within 4 - 6 weeks of infection. If at week 6 post-exposure the test is negative that is a good sign and you are most likely negative

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2017/04/20

All reputable condoms are designed to protect you against HIV and pregnancy. I would trust the condoms that the government supplies and well known brands. It can take 3 to 12 weeks (21-84 days) for an HIV-positive person's body to make enough antibodies for an antibody test to detect HIV infection. This is called the window period. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html

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