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Acyclovir And False Negative Tests

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AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...tested regularly for HIV . When Should I Get Tested? If you are infected with HIV, it usually takes from three weeks to two months for your immune system to produce HIV antibodies. During this "window period" you can test negative for HIV even if you are infected. If you think you were exposed to HIV, you should wait for two months before being tested. You can also test right away and then again after two or three months. If you are...
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possible exposure

Dear Dr. Greetings. I would like to know if you can help me with a question that I have. About seven weeks ago, I did an incredibly stupid thing: I went to a massage parlor in Atlantic City and had protected sex with a CSW using a latex condom. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...not live long outside the body.2. Yes, I believe the undetectable PCR is indeed correct and you have not contracted HIV. False-negative results are not a problem with PCR testing.Your HIV-acquisition risk is negligible at best, assuming a latex... Read more »

Acyclovir

Hello Dr.Bob, I have a question about acyclovir. I might have been exposed to HIV in early December (7th). On Jan.10th I was hospitalized for aseptic meningits and treated with antibiotics and acyclovir for three days. After being discharged and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Acyclovir will not alter PCR/DNA test results or increase the possibility of false-negative test results.This site has been your bible? Yikes, don't tell Jerry Falwell or he might decide to picket my office.Good Read more »

false negative test result

hi DR BOB I wanted to ask if an anti anxiety medication ( CITALOPRAM-CIPRMIL ) causes false negative result .thank youjerry
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Jerry,Nope.You're welcome.Dr. Bob Read more »

pcr necessary?

DoctorI know it sounds weird but I have to make it clearer. In 1998 I had a boyfriend who found out to be HIV positive. I had unsafe sex with him for quite some time. I was the top always. Anyway, I had ELISAS after 2nd, 3rd and 6th months after...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...has led to nine years of completely unnecessary worry and "tons" of unwarranted HIV tests!Let's start at the beginning. Your negative HIV tests out to six months after your last possible exposure are definitive and conclusive. HIV is not your... Read more »
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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...plan early treatment and intervention, improving your chances of slowing down the progression of HIV disease. If you test negative, you may feel less anxious. By knowing your status, you can find out whether or not you can infect... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

...can detect a viral load a few days after HIV infection. This is better than the standard HIV (antibody) test, which can be "negative" for 2 to 6 months after HIV infection. (See Fact Sheet 102 for more information on HIV antibody testing.) For ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Progressive Multifocal Leucoencephalopathy (PML)

...because it crosses the blood-brain barrier. Other substances that have been tried with different degrees of success include acyclovir, heparin, peptide-T, beta interferon, dexamethasone, n-acetylcysteine, topotecan and cidofovir. Some studies... Read more »
The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...Certain gynecological (GYN) conditions are more common, more serious and/or more difficult to treat in HIV-positive women than HIV-negative women. If left untreated, some GYN infections can develop into more serious conditions such as pelvic... Read more »
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does any one know where to send blood

Posted by chrisbadmushroom, 6 Replies
...anyone knows where to get tested for type O and N or any other weird strains of HIV I have many symptoms but continue to test negative even though I have stuff like persistent oral thrush, OHL Epstein bar low testosterone vitamin B12 defcency ... Read more »

so ELISA tests NEVER give a false negative?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Is this statement correct? Read more »

Does anyone know anything about this guy

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Hey there, This relates to some guy who says he took 13 months to seroconvert. The CDC say they know nothing about this. Has anyone done any investigation on this. Is he for real? ... Read more »

False negative tests...

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...town and her family say they don't have her phone number! I feel I was probably hustled, but that's another story. I tested negative at 6 and 9 months but am doubtful of the test results. I've read that there are many subtypes(clade variations)... Read more »