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Rapid Test And Fingerstick Problem

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Oraquick Advance Test Confusion (RELIABILITY OF ORAQUICK TESTS, 2009)

Dr BobI tested negative using the Oraquick Advance HIV 1/2 rapid test. I started reading some things on line that stated the accuracy of the rapid test was not as good as the standard ELISA test and had a higher rate of false negative test. This...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...consequently may have missed the "breaking news" you are referring to. Here is what I can tell you about the recent concerns related to rapid tests (although it hardly qualifies as "breaking news"). There have been scattered reports of higher... Read more »

too many health problems cropping up

Hello there,I was diagnosed in February 2009 and have most likely been HIV+ for 3 years. My CD4 is 830, compared to 700 in February and viral load remains at 4000. I am not taking ARV medication. The past year however has been a catalogue of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...nasal discharge, for instance, are suggestive of a sinus infection, not HIV. HIV can be associated with some rheumatological problems; however, your sciatica and right elbow pain are not suggestive of an HIV-related problem. Shingles, limited to... Read more »

Oraquick Rapid Test Year After Incident-Can I trust the negative?

Hi Dr. Bob!I took an Oraquick rapid test, the one where you swab your gums, one year after i was raped vaginally. There was no ejaculation, but I nevertheless went through the rape kit process as well as counseling. A year after the incident, I took...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Your negative OraQuick rapid test one year after a possible exposure is definitive and conclusive. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. No further tests Read more »

Rapid Test Accuracy..Scared and Donating to You

Dr BobI have read recent reports, one on TheBody, that says the OraSure Advance Test is not very accurate. I tested negative at 15 weeks since last possible exposure using a fingerprick Rapid Test. Should I now get retested using another test? ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,I would consider your negative finger-prick rapid test at 15 weeks conclusive. No additional testing is warranted. See below.Dr. BobThanks(Breaking news (FALSE POSITIVE ORAQUICK Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Older People and HIV

...Older People Getting Infected? Is HIV Disease Different for Older People? Is HIV the Same in Older People? What Other Health Problems Are Common? Mental Problems The Bottom Line How Many Older People Have AIDS? About 29% of all... Read more »
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Rapid HIV Antibody Testing May Have Limitations in a Population With High Incidence of HIV

...-- Vironostika. In 2006 we changed to the second-generation assay, estimated to have a window period of about one month. The rapid HIV test that we have used has been a combination of oral fluid and finger-stick testing -- depending on the site... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...for HIV. Who Should Get Tested? Many people are infected with HIV but don't know it. You might not feel sick or have any health problems. But you can still pass HIV to other people. Anyone who is sexually active should get tested regularly... Read more »
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Progressive Multifocal Leucoencephalopathy (PML)

...Some studies show that IV (intravenous) cidofovir can make the brain work better in people with PML. Because PML can progress rapidly, it is important to begin treatments quickly. Where Can I Get More Information? A first-person account of... Read more »
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Several health problems

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...been diagnosed with Aids 2 years and a half. Since then many things have been going wrong, kidney stones,hip necrosis,skin problems,severe vertigo,etc. Do other people experoience the same situations? Just curious, is not easy to have so many... Read more »

"I freakin knew it"

Posted by Anonymous, 9 Replies
...I knew that news was going to come out regarding the possibility of the rapids not always picking this shit up. I knew it!!!! I'm the one would called the FDA and told them I really think there could be Read more »

No rapid test is as good as ELISA.

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Do some research about the way the tests works. No rapid test will ever be as accurate as ELISA. For example, the rapid test uses just one or two drops of blood. The ELISA uses a lot Read more »

being sad and scared

Posted by shadesofgrey, 2 Replies
...excepable, now i realize that when it could be too late, i have test neg at 4 month with oral oraquik and 6 months fingerstick, both rapid since the anxiety level is so high. dont know which way to turn anymore, hope everyone finds some peace on... Read more »