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RNA Reliable Absence Of Antibodies

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RNA test reliability

I'm in an unusual situation. I came in contact with a syringe. Anyway, convinced I had contracted something, I've gon in for some tests.At 3.5 weeks, my hep c rna test came back negative. At ten weeks, my ALT spiked to 104 then dropped to...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
In acute Hepatitis C infection, the virus goes up before the liver function tests. So the fact that they went up - without detectable virus - makes me think that there is an alternative reason for their elevation. But I agree that there is no... Read more »

rna pcr reliability

hi sir,i had an unprotected vaginal intercourse with a woman later i came to know that she was hiv... Read more »


hello Doctor, i am a 40 year old male who has had protected sex with sex workers on and off for... Read more »
Johns Hopkins AIDS Service

FDA Review of Viral RNA Testing

Shortly after the approval of the three protease inhibitors, the FDA reviewed the diagnostic assays that quantitate HIV RNA.These tests are being used by many clinicians to monitor viral loads in their patients and to assess their response to... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

RNA Test to Detect HIV During Acute, Primary Phase Not Widely Used, New York Times Reports

The New York Times on Friday examined an HIV blood test, which seeks out bits of the virus' RNA and can identify infections during the acute or primary phase. Standard rapid tests, which detect HIV antibodies, can provide immediate results but... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

Why Should You Get Tested for HIV? What Are HIV Antibody Tests? ELISA Western Blot (WB) Assay Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) Window Period Interpretation of Test Results Accuracy... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

HIV Antibody Tests -- Now You Have Several Choices

Several years ago, the only type of antibody test available was a blood test done through your doctor's office. Today, as technology has improved, there are now different types of antibody tests available. Antibody tests can now be done on blood,... Read more »
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Hiv 1/2 reliability vs Hiv-2 stand alone test ?

Posted by SRCHFRANS34, 1 Reply
Does anyone know the % of accuracy for Hiv-2 antibody detection with current Elisa 1/2 antibody tests ? Some of the 4-5 year old posted answers in the archives say 70% accuracy for Hiv-2 , has that changed with today's 1/2 tests ? I'm Finding a... Read more »

PCR reliablity?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies

Home > Forum on Safe Sex and HIV Prevention > Answers to Current SafeSex Questions > Question:

very scared
Posted: Jul 31, 2001

Ryan, I put myself at risk to HIV a while back about 6 months. At the tenth week I developed thrush I... Read more »

Reliability of PCR test

Posted by tb75, 2 Replies
I was hoping that someone could attest to the reliability of the HIV PCR test at 3 weeks. I got tested at 22 days and it was negative, but I have seen conflicting reports as to the ability for the PCR to determine whether a person is positive or... Read more »


Posted by Sunny, 2 Replies
I had protected sex with my GF in Singapore know her from quite long. she never had any relation but once she had 3 days relationship with a guy who tried to do intercourse with her but she pushed him baq but she told me that him penis was in her... Read more »