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Can Herpes Virus Affect Hiv Test

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The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...8percent in 1985 to an alarming 27 percent in 2008. That means that about one infour Americans living with HIV are women. HIV has also become the thirdmost-deadly disease for women, behind only cancer and heart disease. HIV affects both younger and older women. In fact, an increase in HIVdiagnoses has been seen in older women (50 and older). Minority women, especially African-American women, are most affected.HIV/AIDS is the leading cause...
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Please help me understand this, do you think this will also affect HIV window period or a false result.

Hi Dr. Brian, second try, please answer and advice me on this. New update from Body on March 1st. http://www.thebody.com/updates/2007-03-01.htmlHerpes Treatment Can Control Herpes and HIV Viral Load, Study FindsTreatment with the herpes drug Valtrex...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...effect of Valtrex is purely on herpes simplex, not on HIV directly. The reason it seems to reduce the HIV viral load is that the herpes virus itself has an effect on HIV replication. The Valtrex reduces the amount of herpes in the body and... Read more »

hpv or herpes affect hiv test?

hello and thank you, I had unprotected oral sex(no semen)but pre semen,With a high risk hiv person,so I got tested 5 mo. later and result was negative.I have hpv and possibly herpes. Could having those virus interfere with hiv test results? Also...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...Being infected with HPV or herpes will not affect the accuracy of the HIV antibody test.RMK Read more »

KS

I have a female friend who was recently diagnosed with KS. Everything that I have found refers to AIDS/HIV. Is it possible to have KS and be HIV negative? She has never been tested for HIV or AIDS as far as I know. Her doctor has advised cancer...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...in older men with Mediterranean area ancestry and gay men who are HIV-, since the virus that causes KS (called HHV8 for human herpes virus type 8) can be acquired sexually. Actually, KS is quite unusual in women, even those with HIV. Before she... Read more »

How long for the immune system to become affected by virus?

Hello i have a question. This past weekend i noticed a rash on my palm, and on monday i went with a dermatologist and she said it was herpes simplex 1. She said that it was strange to see herpes on the palm of the hand. She also mention about...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
No, if you were infected 6 months ago, you would not develop symptoms like Herpes due to HIV so quickly. However, Herpes infection can occur in people who are HIV negative. It is unusual on the palm. If your concerned about HIV, you should get... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Role of STD Detection and Treatment in HIV Prevention

...levels; In areas where STDs that facilitate HIV transmission are prevalent, screening and treatment programs should be expanded; HIV testing should always be recommended for individuals who are diagnosed with or suspected to have an STD. HIV... Read more »
Project Inform

IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...if any data show that women, children or people over 50 have any special concerns around IRIS. So far, it does not appear to affect these populations more often or severely. What Does the Research Show? The research on predicting and... Read more »
The Well Project

Cancers

...opportunistic infections (OIs) in the early days of the AIDS epidemic. KS is actually caused by a virus called Kaposi's sarcoma herpes virus (KSHV) or HHV-8. But KS behaves and is treated like a cancerous tumor. HHV-8 is transmitted through... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...take longer than three months. During this "window period" you may not test positive for HIV even if you are infected. Normal HIV tests don't work for newborn children of HIV-infected mothers. In many places, you can get tested anonymously for... Read more »
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Can Herpes Virus affect testing?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I had unprotected sex with a girl of unknown status, 1 week later I got blisters and was diagnosed with Herpes, as if that wasn't bad enough I began having other symptoms. I was tested by elisa at 10 weeks and negative. Can the herpes infection... Read more »

Do any drugs affect HIV test results?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I am taking valium for anxiety and recently had a negative HIV test. Could taking valium have compromised the HIV test results? Read more »

Medication affecting HIV test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Where can I find out information about medication affecting results of HIV test? I was on antifungal when I took my test & worried about false negative. Read more »

Lupus affect hiv testing

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
If you had lupus and never been diagnosed becasue it may not be that severe could it still cause you to seroconvert late? Is so how late and would a 3 month test give you a false negative, false positive, or intermediate? Read more »