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HIV ULTRA DUO test is positive, what stage is it?

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My friend has gone through HIV ULTRA DUO test, report says its positive.

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HIV I & II antibody serum : 17.75 index

HIV p24 : Not Determinable

Kindly advice, on what stage he is

Thanks in advance.

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replied February 25th, 2012
HIV and AIDS Answer A32022
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

To be diagnosed with HIV, a person must have positive re­sults from two HIV tests. The first test may be either an HIV antibody test (using blood, urine, or fluids from the mouth) or a plasma HIV RNA test (using blood). The second test with blood must be with a Western blot test. The West­ern blot test confirms that a person has HIV.

First and foremost , your friend has to get a confirmation of his status with a Western blot test.

In case the test is positive, then your HIV status is confirmed.

Testing positive for HIV is a life-changing event. But by taking the right steps after diagnosis, any person can have a ‎positive effect on his future health and well-being. ‎

You should first let your spouse or sexual partners know about your test results, so that they too can get tested and ‎confirm their HIV status. Though it is a hard step, you should tell them, as you have a responsibility towards them. ‎

Then you should consult with a doctor and seek early medical treatment and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Getting ‎HIV medical care soon after diagnosis will help preserve the strength of your immune system, in turn delaying the ‎progression of HIV to AIDS. ‎

Find and schedule an appointment with an HIV specialist, even if you do not feel sick. While not everyone needs HIV ‎medications right away, an HIV specialist will examine you, take blood tests to assess the strength of your immune ‎system, and educate you about your new disease. It is never too early to start thinking about and planning your HIV. ‎

Screening tests including screening for Tuberculosis (PPD), colonoscopy, and prostrate examination, as well as tests ‎to check forother STDs including hepatitis B, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis should be done. ‎

Vaccinations to hepatitis B, hepatitis A, pneumococcus pneumonia, and flu should also be done. ‎

A new HIV diagnosis can be very traumatic. For a while, it will be the last thing you think about before going to sleep ‎and the first thing you think about when you wake up. But with the right frame of mind and by taking the right steps ‎after diagnosis, you can learn to live with HIV. You can learn to live a full and healthy life. ‎

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