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Can You Detect Hiv In A Standard Blood Test

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Viral Load Tests

...Is the Test Used? How Are Changes in Viral Load Measured? Viral Load "Blips" What Do the Numbers Mean? Are There Problems With the Viral Load Test? What Is Viral Load? The viral load test measures the amount of HIV virus in your blood. There are different techniques for doing this: The PCR ( p olymerase c hain r eaction) method uses an enzyme to multiply the HIV in the blood sample. Then a chemical reaction marks the...
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J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital are referring to ELISA testing. ELISA stands for enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay, which is the method used for detecting HIV antibodies in the blood. It is the standard initial test used in most laboratories when testing for HIV. Read more »

Do standard blood tests detect early signs of cancers?

Does the standard blood tests performed at HIV clinics detect early signs of cancer? If not, are there any other ways to detect cancers (all kinds) before you become seriously ill?
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...You ask a simple and important question for which there is no easy answer. There is NO "standard blood test" to detect cancer. Oh how I wish that such a test would exist!The American Cancer Society and other organizations have recommendations Read more »

Can HIV be detected in standard bloodtest?

Can HIV be detected in blood test/blood work that is not an HIV test? For example, blood taken from an expecting mother during a check up. In other words, would HIV be able to be detected in a blood test that is not an actual HIV test?
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...HIV will not be detected unless: a) the blood test is looking for antibodies to HIV, or b) it is testing for the actual presence of virus (viral RNA or DNA by PCR). Your standard Read more »

Blood Testing for HIV

Mr. Sowadsky, My girlfriend was "raped" a year and a half ago. She has hadtwo blood tests (standard tests, not specifically for HIV) since that time.The last test was 6 months ago. If the blood tests indicated nothing wrong,should she be concerned...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...Hi. Thank you for your question.The ONLY tests that can be used to diagnose HIV are tests that are specifically designed to detect HIV infection (antibody tests etc.). Likewise, the ONLY tests that can be Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Rate of Voluntary HIV Testing Unchanged in Singapore Despite Expanded Access to Rapid HIV Tests

...2007 were detected through voluntary testing -- the same rate as 2006. About 73% of cases were detected through standard HIV blood tests, which were conducted concurrent with other medical care (Tan, Today , 5/2). The Ministry of Health in July... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...(WB) result is unclear. The entire HIV test must be repeated with a new blood sample, usually several weeks after the first blood test. Indeterminate results usually occur if the test is performed just as the person begins to seroconvert. ... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

RNA Test to Detect HIV During Acute, Primary Phase Not Widely Used, New York Times Reports

... The New York Times on Friday examined an HIV blood test, which seeks out bits of the virus' RNA and can identify infections during the acute or primary phase. Standard rapid tests, Read more »
The Body PRO

Innovative Rapid HIV Test Appears to Detect Acute HIV; OraQuick Rapid Saliva Tests Found to Be Not Very Accurate for High Risk Testers

...half of all of the missed infections by standard, other array of rapid tests, so that was important compared with the other blood tests which missed about 8% of infections. The Determine test only missed 4% of infections. So it picked up about... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...whether or not you have HIV? Dr. Daar: Very important. The standard test is the same test developed 15 years ago, and that is a blood test or urine test or saliva for presence of antibodies, which are body's immune response. They will have first... Read more »

i dont understand!!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...that he found some abnormalties in the blood and thinks an HIV test should be taken. I'm confused. I thought that standard blood tests don't show any of that stuff? Someone explain!! Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...ALL human blood tests HIV positive. THat's why it has to be diluter 51 times just for an antibody test. The disclaimer on the ELISA, The Western Blot, Read more »

Go for testing on the 11th

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
How conclusive would the results be at 7 and a half weeks after possible exposure? Also, Is there an alternative from waiting 10 days for test results? Thanks in advance Read more »