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Please help me with test advice!!!!!! (DNA/RNA)
      #35830 - 06/17/02 03:24 PM

ok, i have tested neg at 5 months past "high-risk" and 10-13 weeks (might as well say 10) since "low-risk" exposure. i have had all kinds of symptoms and eye floaters and sore throat, swollen tonsil still persist. i am at about 11-12 weeks past exposure now. what test can i get done to pretty much rule this out? is it pcr dna or rna? what is the difference and which one is better? where can i get this done? i don't live in a huge city, but it is not tiny either. recently moved so i don't have a primary care physician. how can i find a doctor that will give me this test(s)? and will insurance cover it? i can hardly stand this anymore. i can possibly wait another week or two to get another elisa that would put me at 13 weeks for sure, but every day is an eternity and will that be conclusive? NO! it doesn't matter to me if it was low-risk, it was enough risk and i don't know the status of the other person. so, playing some statistics/probability/numbers game that 3 months is conclusive if low-risk, but 6 months if known exposure is not a game i feel like playing. who really knows if they were exposed!?!?!? thank you so much for helping if you can. take care!

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Re: Please help me with test advice!!!!!! (DNA/RNA) new
      #35832 - 06/17/02 03:38 PM

1.first of all,what were exactly your risks.
2.dna pcr for hiv is possible,but you still need to confirm by antibody test.
3.pcr test are usually only ordered by a doctor if "he"thinks you are going through ars.(seroconverson).
not if you think so.
4.a pcr dna for hiv would probably but not 1oo per cent,
show hiv,also becareful that they are using "blood cells"
and not"serum".blood cells would be more accurate.
5.or just wait and antibody test,at six months,
that way,it will be 99.9 per cent accurate from both exposures. take care john in london.

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john in london

Re: Please help me with test advice!!!!!! (DNA/RNA) new
      #35833 - 06/17/02 03:43 PM

oh i forgot your question.
A bdna viral load is better at detecting different strains or clades of hiv,not normally found in usa,but in europe.
dna pcrs are normal only used on infants born to a hiv positive mother......good luck john.

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      #35839 - 06/17/02 04:20 PM

thanks john. i appreciate your reponse. in regards to dna pcr, i know that it is supposed to be only used for ARS symptoms under suspicion of a doctor or in infants, but how come everyone and their grandma seems to be able to get one on here. you got one done, correct? anyways, my exposure was 5 months ago, unprotected insertive vaginal intercourse with person of status unknown. 10-13 weeks ago, insertive oral, mutual masterbation, receptive anal fingering (worried about presence of pre-cum on fingers) from a gay male. i do have genital herpes. thanks!

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      #35848 - 06/17/02 05:13 PM

and it comes back neg,it probably means you are neg.
you can do that from 4 weeks,post-exposure.
but then you still have to confirm with antibody,
at say three months,or 6months.
so its really just to kind of give you quick relief,
but you still have to antibody test.
i would say if you are very,very,seriously worried,
then yes,take a dna pcr or bdna viral load.
but,remember,it should be backed up by antibody,
this virus is tricky,and no one test is difinitive.!
good luck amigo.....john.

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Re: Please help me with test advice!!!!!! (DNA/RNA) new
      #35867 - 06/17/02 08:46 PM

Ehivtest offers a combo elissa and pcrdna for $249 and its done anynoymously with next day results. You will have to go to a quest lab for the blood draw then call for results

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