The (HIV) Early Test

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    Dec 09, 2010 12:39 AM GMT
    Hello fellow gay men,

    The University of California, San Diego has this study going on as they have developed a test that can detect the virus (or at least its presence) within seven days of exposure. I thought this was great as the standard test takes about three months to show up, or so I have read.

    The study, or so they explained to me when I did it, is to convince the State of California that the test works and that is should be a standard.

    What sucks is that this could be so useful, but as far as I can tell I think it may only be available in San Diego right now. I hope it is widely used in the near future, I think it would be a big help in general.

    I don't know exactly how it works (and I am to lazy too look it up and re-write it right now) but here is a link!:

    Testing is free, you can go back as many times as you want. There are also walk-in appointments, but I found out that means walk in at 9am and they tell you to come back at 1pm. But its free so hey..

    Sorry if this is old news, just spreading the knowledge..
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    Dec 09, 2010 4:40 AM GMT
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  • UnluckyTitan

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    Dec 09, 2010 5:10 AM GMT
    I'm not sure how new this is. I was just tested last month (in Washington state) and my doctor did what he called an RNA test that has about a 1 week window. The drawback to it is that it can take a week to get the results. icon_sad.gif Still I think that most guys can hold off for a week if they think they have something to worry about or want to be extra cautious.
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    Apr 23, 2011 8:28 AM GMT
    As far as I know, it's only offered here in San Diego. It's awesome...had it done.
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    Apr 30, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    The LA Gay and Lesbian Center offers the NAT Test (Nucleic Acid Test) which tests for the actual virus (not antibodies as in other tests that take 3-6 months to detect). Their website says that it detects the virus in 7 days but they say 14 days in person. It takes two weeks to get the results back and you must go in for those results They will give other STD results over the phone but not the NAT results.

    A friend of mine with a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard and is a university professor tells me that the Science behind the test is sound and solid
  • offshore

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    Aug 25, 2011 9:49 AM GMT
    It's great! I had it done in San Diego. All the doctors at the center are so nice too.