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Can Allergy Medicine Affect Hiv Testing

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Flu Season and Living With HIV

...day cares or schools, are also at higher risk. What Are the Symptoms? Many people talk about having the flu when in reality it's just a cold. (The term stomach flu is somewhat inaccurate because the flu virus doesn't affect the stomach, though some people may feel it does.) Both illnesses are caused by viruses. Here are some ways to help tell the difference between them. Colds tend to be less severe than the flu, come on slowly...
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my pregnant wife of 3years tested HIV+ , and i Testede -

hi doctore bob, im in love with your site and your new blog that you write!my wife if 3years tested testes HIV Positive in her seventh month of pregnancy and i tested negative, since we were together i tested regulary and she didn not, she used to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...uncommon and can be associated with pregnancy due to the formation of cross-reacting nonspecific antibodies that can react with HIV-antibody test assays. Follow-up testing will be able to sort this out. (A qualitative HIV DNA PCR may be helpful.)... Read more »

Positive Elisa, Indeterminate Western Blot, Negative Rapid Test HIV test was indeterminate?(INDETERMINATE HIV TESTS, 2009) (PREGNANCY, 2009)

Hi, Doctor - Around 2 weeks ago during my annual OBGYN appointment, I received a HIV test. The Elisa came back repeatedly positive and the Western Blot was indeterminate with traces of P24. Freaking out, I then went to my local health clinic 4 days...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...that HIV-screening tests are far too often inappropriately ordered (wrong test) and incorrectly interpreted. Can your pregnancy affect your HIV test results? Yes, and most likely that's exactly what's going on. (See below.) Please note that an... Read more »

Indeterminate HIV test while Pregnant

I'm 29 years old and I am 7 months pregnant. My HIV test has come back indeterminate twice so my doctor wants me to see a blood specialist. I was tested three years ago after my last relationship and after I was with my now current husband and was...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Pregnancy can induce non-specific cross-reacting antibodies that can result in false-positive or indeterminate HIV tests. It's rather shocking your "OB acted like she never saw this before." It's certainly not uncommon. A quick read through Read more »

HIV...Scared (PREGNANCY AND FALSE POSITIVE HIV TESTS)

Dr. Bob,My wife is preganant with our first child. She has had multiple preganancies before, even a few miscarriages. Her two initial HIV tests came out positive ELISA, indeterminate Western Blot. Her last test came out positive Western Blot. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...that HIV-screening tests are far too often inappropriately ordered (wrong test) and incorrectly interpreted. Can your pregnancy affect your HIV test results? Yes, and most likely that's exactly what's going on. (See below.) Please note that an... Read more »
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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

NIH and D.C. Department of Health Team Up to Combat District's HIV/AIDS Epidemic

...Officials from the National Institutes of Health and the city of Washington, D.C. today announced the new D.C. Partnership for HIV/AIDS Progress, a collaborative research initiative between NIH and the D.C. Department of Health designed to... Read more »
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Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV

...impact of any treatments that you take. Factors such as age, gender, stress, medicines, active infections and others can all affect these test results. Lab results should be considered with these factors in mind. Understanding your test results... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

As HIV Vaccine Conference Opens, Experts Appeal for Sustained Commitment to Global Fight Against Disease

...a four-day conference on HIV vaccines in Paris, called upon donors to maintain their funding support for the fight against HIV/AIDS despite the global economy, Agence France-Presse reports. "The financial crisis is of course affecting, and... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, September 27, 2009

...men in the United States have been diagnosed with AIDS, 1 and more than 274,000 have died. 2 The epidemic continues to affect gay and bisexual men to a degree that far surpasses their proportion of the U.S. population. Although only a... Read more »
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ARS symptoms length?

Posted by nonamegirl, 3 Replies
...relax just an ounce. I did go to the regular doctor today and she thinks my cough might be allergy related. Maybe these medicines will work. I need to reschedule my results date since I'm going out of town. But I should have it within two... Read more »

information

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...leading killer of African-American males ages 25 to 44. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), AIDS affects nearly seven times more African Americans and three times more Hispanics than whites. In recent years, an... Read more »

"It's been one crazy year for me"

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...voice my concerns on what this has been like for me. In March of last year I had three high risk exposure to someone that had HIV. After the last exposure I really did not even like the guy at all. I stopped seeing him and went on with my life... Read more »

Allergies and HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I know its allergy season and even thjough I've never had allergies I am wondering if allergies could be a symptom of HIV. I tested negative after a 1 time protected expsoure with a sex worker. I tested negative at 21 and 30 weeks. Any chance this Read more »