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Blood Transfusion And Dna Pcr Testing

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...HIV-seronegative participants, only 66 men (2.3 percent) have died (A. Munoz, MACS, personal communication). HIV can be detected in virtually everyone with AIDS. Recently developed sensitive testing methods, including the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and improved culture techniques, have enabled researchers to find HIV in patients with AIDS with few exceptions. HIV has been repeatedly isolated from the blood, semen and vaginal...
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PCR negative after steroide reduction again

Hello, My opinion hasn't changed. Corticosteroids can suppress immune responses and might cause a falsely negative HIV test by suppressing the immune system's specific anti-HIV antibody production. Corticosteroids should not cause a false-positive...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...before marriage, all of which "safe sex." Assuming that you are not an IV drug user who shares syringes and have not received a blood transfusion of HIV-tainted blood, you have essentially no risk. Consequently, your recent positive test is... Read more »

Scared Dad - Oral White Streaks - Testing Question

Doctor Frascino,I know in your last response to me, you said that you would now cut me off until I've had my definitive 3 month elisa....but I'm hoping you'll answer this question because it doesn't involve me freaking out about some wild symptoms...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...between a day or two. I wouldn't test prior to 84 days, but anytime thereafter would be fine and dandy by me, OK?2.PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction and refers to a particular type of laboratory method of amplifying small genetic... Read more »

False trigger

Dear Dr. Bob,I went on regular routine check and diagnose with HIV and tested to verify and came positive with Elisa and Western blot. I never had any partner other than my wife and never used any needles. During the test my wife results were...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...to HIV, a completely monogamous relationship with your HIV-negative wife and have never shared intravenous needles or had a blood transfusion, then there is a good chance your initial HIV test was indeed a false-positive. A DNA PCR test can be... Read more »

Do I need PCR?

DoctorMy boyfriend`s got abnormal ALT and GGT for many years. Hes 45 now and has been tested for hepatitis B and C several times in the past 15 years. Hes been hepatitis B vaccinated. All these tests came out negative. Hes German and got blood...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...It sounds like your boyfriend has been tested extensively for hepatitis B and C viruses and is negative. I would not test any further since you have not mentioned any particular Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

News Outlets Report on Growing Pressure on Chinese Government to Acknowledge How Blood Transfusions, Donations in 1990s Contributed to Spread of HIV/AIDS in China

...examines the factors that contributed to the spread of HIV/AIDS among people living in China who donated blood and received blood transfusions at government-run hospitals in the 1990s. According to the newspaper, "the Chinese government has yet... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kenya Seeks Support From PEPFAR to Expand Blood Transfusion Centers

...estimates it will cost about Sh230 million ($2.99 million) to build the new centers and train appropriate staff. The demand for blood transfusions in the country outweighs the supply, Ole Kiyiapi said, pointing to the fact that the country on... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Unsafe Blood Transfusions, Medical Practices in Central Asia Contributing to Spread of Infectious Diseases, Including HIV, World Bank Report Says

...reports. According to the report, of all the people living with HIV worldwide, 5% to 10% contracted the virus through contaminated blood transfusions (Kazakhstan Today/Gazeta.kz, 6/13). For the report, the World Bank -- in collaboration with ... Read more »
Project Inform

Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV

...hemoglobin and hematocrit levels. Anemia may be treated with iron supplements, erythropoietin (Epogen) or in severe instances, a blood transfusion. Hemoglobin Hemoglobin is a RBC protein that carries oxygen through the body. Normal levels in... Read more »
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Red Cross PCR

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...For all of you that think you will get a free PCR test by donating blood, you are wrong. They only use NAT(PCR) testing on large amounts of blood from hundreds of donors. They Read more »

accident victim hiv+ after blood transfusion

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
... Accident victim HIV+ after blood transfusion My 19 year old daughter was a victim of a drunk driver. She was on life support for a month, in the hospital for three months, Read more »

Red Cross PCR highly effective

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Generation ELISA, NAT, and p24 is a solid 3-headed testing model that will pick-up HIV. The odds of being infected with HIV from a blood transfusion is miniscule due in large part to these testing mechanisms. Keep in mind I am not encouraging... Read more »

Check out this Last Post in Holidnys Section-SCARY

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Here's the unusual part: I talked with her extensively about all the risk factors for HIV transmission (unsafe sex, needle use, blood transfusion, or any other exposure to blood). She insists that her only possible exposure (going back 2 or more... Read more »