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When to Start Anti-HIV Medications

Terms Used in This Fact Sheet Antiretroviral: A medication that prevents a retrovirus, such as HIV, from making copies of itself. Anti-HIV medications are also called antiretrovirals. Antiretroviral therapy (ART): The recommended treatment for HIV. ART involves taking a combination of three or more anti-HIV medications from at least two different drug classes every day to control the virus. CD4 count: The number of CD4 cells in a sample...
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APTIMA HIV-1 RNA QUALITATIVE ASSAY (APTIMA - HIV-1 RNA QUALITATIVE ASSAY, 2010) Part 2

To the good Dr. Bob, I have submitted a donation on-line, and will submit a heftier holiday donation as well, but in the interim I was hoping you might field another inquiry from me regarding a post of mine a few weeks ago pertaining to the Aptima...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Aptimistaken,You're going to qualify for an advanced degree in nucleic acid polymerase chain reaction laboratory analysis before long. Dude, it's time to turn off your inner scientific geek and come back to planet earth. I can't... Read more »

APTIMA HIV-1 RNA QUALITATIVE ASSAY (APTIMA - HIV-1 RNA QUALITATIVE ASSAY, 2010)

Dear Dr. Bob,I thank you kindly and sincerely for your efforts, support and the invaluable knowledge you provide to the questioners on this forum. I have been reading this website extensively (over a month now) since my potential exposure date, and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Aptimistaken,Thanks for your kind comments! You are correct: the Aptima HIV-1 RNA Qualitative Assay is the only RNA PCR test approved by the FDA for HIV-diagnostic screening. You are also correct: the biggest problem with PCR assays is... Read more »

Testing after PEP - Peculiar concerns (HEPATITIS C AND DELAYED HIV SEROCONVERSION, 2011) (APTIMA - HIV-1 RNA QUALITATIVE ASSAY, 2011) (p24 ANTIGEN TESTING, 2011)

Dear Doctor FauscinoWith my apologies if some of the questions below seem repetitive. I hope I do not upset you. There are some matters below that are somewhat distinct and I am hopeful you can add some additional clarity and/or confirmation to....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,No apology is necessary. I've answered so may questions in this forum over the years that greater than 99% of the questions I respond to on a daily basis I've already addressed (many multiple times). Responding to your specific... Read more »

Famous in Australia Dr Bob. Donation sent. (ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo Assay from Abbott, 2011)

Hi Dr Bob, I hope you can answer a few questions. I sent a donation last night to your foundation. I think you are doing such a great job. And admire how you go out of your way to help people out all over the world. Anyway I just have a couple of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
G'day, Mate.Me famous down under? Really? Cool! Oz is one of my very favorite travel destinations. I'll be back in Sydney in October.1. Extremely accurate.2. The median detection time was seven days earlier than third generation enzyme... Read more »
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Abbott ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay Accuracy

Posted by pupiz, 1 Reply
Hi, all. I had an exposure June 25 and ran across this particular 4th generation test that was approved by the FDA in 2010. I am not sure about the accuracy of it. I took an HIV test at 19 days and it was negative. I know that it is not conclusive,... Read more »

12 weeks anti-hiv test , is it conclusive?

Posted by Nickkk, 1 Reply
Hi again,

i am very stressed again, 12 weeks (84 days) anti-hiv test comes negative,
1)is it conclusive?

I still have swollen lymph nodes and also i have sore throat and Swollen tonsils with white spots.

Last question , 2)i have extremely high levels of... Read more »

15 weeks anti-hiv test , is it conclusive?

Posted by Nickkk, 1 Reply
Please answer me, i am gonna crazy,
i have another anti-hiv test at 15 weeks.
Negative,

but i have a pain in my liver, i have also a CBC but sgot and sgpt are at normal levels.

I have swollen lymph nodes too around my body. (neck, arms, legs)
i am so... Read more »

Accuracy of Anti-hiv 1&2 (recombinant antigen) blood test? Please help!

Posted by Burgundy11, 1 Reply
I did a Anti-hiv 1&2 (recombinant antigen) blood test 5months after my exposure. The result was negative. How accurate is the result?! Read more »