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my wife has tested positive for hiv by elisa method. now we have done Qualitative PCR for her . the reports showed not detected. as of now we have given her blood sample for RNA & Western Blot Test. I want to know if the result obtained for PCR...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiPCR testing is the most accurate as it is detecting the virus. The other test are looking for the body building antibodies against HIV which could take a little longer to show up. The ELISA test is the confirmatory test for HIV antibody test. So... Read more »

HBsAG (ELISA) method

hi,ELISA is a framework or a method that involves testing for the presence of antibodies by using antigens.this method can be used to detect both HBV and HIV infection right?if a test is performed for HBsAG using ELISA, does it also...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
No these tests would be completely separate.... Read more »

Would Celexa interfere with HIV antibody ELISA test result.

Dr. McGovern, I got tested for HIV like ten days ago after eight months of exposure(EIA Elisa Antibody test). the result came out to be negative. But i am still worried, the reason being is that i was on antidepressant medication(celexa 20mg/day)...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
If the exposure you were worried about occurred in October, then your antibody test should have been positive by June.I would not seek further testing at this point in time. As far as Celexa goes, this should not interfere with HIV testing.My advice... Read more »

Elisa 3rd gen antibody test

Hi, Doc Shannon Thanks for time and helpfulness.I just tested my elisa 3rd gen at 6 weeks "negative" worry result will change after 12 weeks to positive. I did protected bareback anal but later on fart out some transparent stuff worry is...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiBareback means you did not use a condom. Saying that you did use protection and we know that condoms are effective in the prevention of HIV transmission, as long as they are used correctly and do not break or slip off. There are fluids that build... Read more »
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Elisa antibody testing

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Doctors claim that the Elisa antibody test is 99.9% accurate unless you are in a high risk group and your symptoms are clinicly suggestive of hiv infection.

In other words, the test is not accurate at all. Risk groups and symptoms should have nothing... Read more »

HIV Test Methods

Posted by ME2, 1 Reply
Had about all the symptoms except a fever. I have been tested for HIV four times: at 7 weeks, 14 weeks, 17 weeks, and 27 weeks and each time negative. My concern is the testing method. One test was a rapid test but the other three were Particle... Read more »

Antibody testing for those still confused...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Latest info from TheBody regarding testing!! ----
Dear Dr: I forgot to put the title yesterday, so now I ask the same question again. I had some risk one and half years ago. I did elisa1&2(twice) and resistance test at 15th month. Elisa... Read more »

Scietific Abstarct on Winodw Period/Test Methods

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
(AIDSLINE) Consistent sequential detection of RNA, antigen and antibody in early HIV infection: assessment of the window period.
Int Conf AIDS. 1996 Jul 7-12;11(1):219 (abstract no. Tu.A.153). Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE MED/96921980
Busch M;... Read more »