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Blood Work: Two Common Tests to Use for Monitoring HIV Disease

Introduction CD4 Cell Count Tests Why Do You Use CD4 Counts? CD4 Counts and When to Start Therapy What Do CD4 Counts Mean? Viral Load Tests How Often Should Viral Loads Be Tested? What Tests Are Used? Getting Viral Load Tests Viral Load and Women Interpreting Test Results Disease Progression and Therapy Commentary Introduction Two of the most common tests that you and your doctor will use to monitor your health are...
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can a flu, common cold, sore throat mislead hiv test?

hi there,is it possible that a flu, common cold, and sore throat throw off an hiv test? If a person had all aboce within 70 days prior to an HIV test, can it be mislead? also how about chicken pox and phumonia within 4 years prior to an hiv...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Nope! Common colds, flues, sore throats, or past bouts of chicken pox and "phumonia" (or pneumonia either) will not affect (or mislead) an HIV test. So roll up that sleeve, honey! Good luck.Dr. Bob... Read more »

common blood test

Is it possible to understand with a common blood test if somebody has hiv, or to be at least suspicious?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Not really. It still requires a specific HIV antibody test.... Read more »

I tested negative in recent years, is this common?

I found out that I was HIV+ last October after a colonoscopy found Candida of the Esphogus. Turned out my cd4 count was 177 and my v-load was >100k. In August of '05 and most likely another time, I tested negative (blood test). My Dr., whose...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
A negative HIV test in 2005 suggests strongly that you were infected subsequent to that test. Certainly, it is also possible that you were infected just before the test in 2005 as the antibodies that the body makes following infection with HIV... Read more »

Arguments on the Connect board - help us out! (COMMON TESTING MISTAKES, 2010)

Dr Bob, I'm sure you don't waste your extremely limited spare time by surveying the fluffernutters on The Body's Connect "Am I Infected" forum. Whilst a valuable resource, it does seem to fuel the fears of many. But I was...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Sure thing. Glad to help.Unprotected sex with Miss Positive would put Mr. X at risk for STDs, including HIV. Consequently STD testing including HIV testing would be warranted. This would be considered a significant HIV exposure and, therefore,... Read more »
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initial symptoms of hiv - most common symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello, I need some help from others with hiv. What was and when did it hit you the inital onset of strange symptoms. I know one said they felt whipped out with tired feeling. Was that immed. after sexual episode or acouple weeks later. Also, were... Read more »

Common questions/concerns about HIV/AIDS please read

Posted by kbuddy77, 1 Reply

Questions and Answers about HIV
1. What is HIV? What is AIDS?
2. Who can get HIV?
3. What are the ways in which HIV can be spread from one person to another?
4. Can I get HIV from oral sex?
5. How long does HIV live outside the body?
6. Can having another... Read more »

How common is it?

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
How common is it to be infected with HIV and test negative 6 months or more after being infected. Could different strains of the virus cause it not to be picked up? Also, I have only tested for HIV-1, is it necessary to test for HIV-2 ? Read more »

Common Cold?

Posted by Anonym, 2 Replies
Is a constant cold (sneezing, runny nose, etc) a sign that you are close or even at at the point of full blown aids or a substantial decrease in your t-cell count. Are constant cold typcial in HIV pos individuals? Read more »