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High Risk And DNA Pcr Testing

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AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

...long someone will stay healthy. The higher the viral load, the faster HIV disease progresses. For prevention , viral load predicts how easy it is to transmit HIV to someone else. The higher the viral load, the higher the risk of transmitting HIV. Finally, the viral load test is valuable for managing therapy , to see if antiretroviral drugs are controlling the virus. Current guidelines (see Fact Sheet 404 ) suggest measuring baseline...
Ask the Experts

Confusion about New York State Testing website

Dear Dr. Bob,With all of the disinformation circulating on the web, you are a godsend.I live in New York and I had a very low risk exposure (protected oral with a high risk person) and I was considering getting tested (even though a Doctor I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...chalupa. So let's set the record straight (well gaily accurate anyway).1.While it is true that improvements to HIV-antibody testing have allowed for earlier, more accurate diagnosis of HIV-positive folks, the published guidelines still use three... Read more »

What is PCR ? - Hep B+C ?

A) What is PCR test ?B) I had a blood test for Hep.B+C , six weeks after possible high risk oral encounter. Do you think the result will be conclusive or should I repeat it?If the results come now negative, should I get vaccinated for A+B now, or...
Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Response from Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Fundacion Gatroenterologia De Diego
...1.PCR is a laboratory method to detect live virus in your blood. It stands for reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).This method involves extracting RNA (genetic material) from the blood serum.As you can see it is a... Read more »

Final Word on the DNA PCR

Doc,With a person who has a severe autoimmune disease (lupus) and has all the symptoms of HIV after a high risk contact, but HIV Antibody test is negative after 4 months 2 weeks, doctor suggested qualitiative DNA test (which I read to be the DNA...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...routine HIV screening. I find it quite helpful in cases of disputed or indeterminate serologic tests and also when antibody testing may be unreliable, as in your case of severe systemic lupus erythematosus.Good luck! Remember, to avoid having a... Read more »

Doc, are my tests sufficient?

Doctor, I have had a high risk exposure four months back and after that I got both ELISA as well as PCR(RNA/DNA) tests done after three months of exposure. The results came negative. Am I done testing or do i need more testing? please explain.
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...The only test that is recommended is antibody testing for HIV-1 and HIV-2 after 3 months. If this is negative, no further testing (including HIV PCR testing) is indicated, except Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Viral Load Testing

...the branched-chain DNA test ( bDNA ), is made by a company called Chiron (pronounced "KAI-ron"). The reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction or RT-PCR (commonly called the PCR ) test is made by Roche (pronounced "RO-sh").... Read more »
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Diagnostic, Monitoring and Resistance Laboratory Tests for HIV

...Assays 2. HIV-1 Confirmatory Antibody Assays 3. HIV-2 Antibody Screening B. Viral Identification Assays 1. DNA Polymerase Chain Reaction (DNA-PCR) 2. Plasma HIV RNA Assays III. Monitoring Tests A. Lymphocyte Analysis ... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...of HIV, the greater the risk of your immune system being damaged. Viral load can be measured by two different lab tests: a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a branched DNA (bDNA) test. Both tests are accurate, but each has a different way... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...are encouraged to be tested for HIV and, for those who are infected, to receive treatments that can significantly reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to a newborn. The CDC reports that perinatal transmission rates can be reduced to less than 2%... Read more »
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PCR Test Question

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...What exactly is PCR test and where can I get it done? Can it be done annonymously? How reliable is this test? I had heard that it produces a lot Read more »

Testing Elisa and PCR DNA today.

Posted by notanonymous, 1 Reply
...pcr dna test today. it has been at least 13 weeks now and it is time for me to believe the results. my last exposure was "low risk" and the last "high risk" exposure was about 6 months ago. it is time for me to believe the results regardless of... Read more »

less than 400 copies / mL -- Diagnosis Q.

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies but that the accuracy was limited to less than 400 copies, so if I had 50 they wouldn't be able to detect it. I had a high-risk encounter about 6-7 weeks ago, and I am wondering how definitive this result would be. Thanks, Read more »


Posted by Anonymous
... ?We observed that clade A strains [of HIV] were not detected by RT-PCR [Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction] and that clade G-strains were not detected by NASBA [Nucleic... Read more »