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Diagnostic Studies For Cytomegalovirus

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AIDS InfoNet

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

... What Is CMV? How Is CMV Treated? Can CMV Be Prevented? How Do I Choose a Treatment for CMV? The Bottom Line What Is CMV? Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an opportunistic infection. The virus is very common. Between 50% and 85% of the US population tests positive for CMV by the time they are 40 years old. A healthy immune system keeps this virus in check. When the immune defenses
Ask the Experts

annual diagnostics/tests

I would be grateful for your guidance. I am a 44 year old male diagnosed with HIV in 2001 and on meds (ritonavir boosted atazanavir plus truvada) since October 2005. In an ideal world, if cost was no object, which bloods and other diagnostic tests...
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
The usual battery of tests includes: CD4 count/percent, HIV viral load, standard blood counts (white, red blood cells, platelets), Chemistry panel including lipid panel (total, LDL, and HDL cholesterol, tryglycerides), liver panel (liver enzymes... Read more »

Is it possible to have no symptoms until it is too late?

My husband died a year and half ago after a late diagnosis of AIDS. I've tried a few support groups for grieving but people questioned my story because he died so quickly. I know it was AIDS because it's on his death certificate. I would call his...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...occurs and to succumb to that infection very quickly. In fact this was extremely common early in the epidemic when we had few diagnostic tests and no effective HIV medications. The real tragedy is that it's still occurring today when we have... Read more »

RE:Is this ARS or something else...Please help...I want to donate (THANK YOU!)

As always, you were right Dr. Bob! I tested -ve at 100 days.Whooo Hooo and thank you!! Although, I still have a few symptoms that remain undiagnosed after 3 months and repeat visits to ENTs & several internists. I have sore throat that has been...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV-antibody tests taken before the three-month mark are not considered conclusive and HIV DNA PCR is not FDA approved for routine HIV-diagnostic testing. I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that your three-month test will be negative.2. Your... Read more »

The diagnostic test sensitivity

Is the current, more intensive combination antiretroviral regimens received by women during pregnancy, affect diagnostic test sensitivity in their infants?
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
No, the treatment that the mother receives has no effect on detecting virus in the baby; JLS. Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Fourth Generation HIV Diagnostic Test Approved, Permitting Earlier Detection of Infection

...simultaneously detects both antigen and antibodies for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The new test is also the first diagnostic test approved by FDA for use in children as young as 2 years of age, and pregnant women. This single,... Read more »
Project Inform

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...Medicines to Treat CMV? What About Resistance? What Research Is Being Done on CMV? The Bottom Line Introduction Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus. It can infect people of all ages, including unborn babies. Once a person... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

The Field Heats Up: Diagnostic Testing in the Developing World

Two recent meetings examined the need for cheaper and more accessible diagnostic assays for managing HIV therapy in less-developed regions of the world. In October, at its meeting in San Francisco, the Infectious Diseases Society of America... Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Home Diagnostic Tests: The Ultimate House Call?

...reproducible the results are when a test is run over and over; and accuracy -- how well the results compare to a laboratory test. All diagnostic tests have limitations, and sometimes their use may produce erroneous or questionable results. Test... Read more »
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Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
...every doctor in the United States during a routine physical exam. As for coinfections, the clinical situation is even worse; diagnostic tests for hepatitis B or hepatitis C are not available at all. A greater tragedy is unfolding on the... Read more »

the distortion of Science

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...disease, or a similar decline in CD4+ cells.7,8 In common usage, HIV testing is still more accurate than most of the medical diagnostic tests used for other health problems. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i recently went through a tough period where i thought i might have been infected, but it turns out i wasn't. i woke up in cold sweats every night for two months, too scared to get tested, too scared to see what the results were once i was tested,... Read more »

PCR Test

Posted by Anonymous
...results from 51 days and they came back negative. I know that many on this sight do not think the PCR test should be used as a diagnostic test but I had it done before I read all of the negative things Dr. Rick had to say about it. However, the... Read more »