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Diagnostic Tests For Candidiasis

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Candidiasis (Thrush)

...yeast (fungal) infection. The fungus normally lives in the body. It cannot be eliminated. The best way to avoid an outbreak of candidiasis is to strengthen your immune system by taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Most candida infections are easily treated with local therapies. In people with weakened immune systems, these infections become more persistent. Systemic anti-fungal drugs can be taken, but candida might become resistant to...
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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 »

Differences/Accuracy of HIV testing

Dear Dr. Frascino,Thanks for taking the time to answer questions. I have 2 different questions for you. I had intercourse with a female 45 days ago (status unknown) where the condom broke. Within 24 hours I started combivir as a pep for 28 days. ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...show posotive over a rna and that the rna was the gold standard to pcr testing.but i know that the viral load test is not a diagnostic test and the only pcr test for diagnostic purpose is the hiv rna qualative test by abott.can you please shed... 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 »

Dr Robert is an Hiv WesternBlot (ELISA versus WESTERN BLOT tests for diagnostic screening)

Dr Robert is an Hiv Western Blot alot better then reg HIv 1/2 Elisa. Yeah I had My Dr run them both tests and they are Negative. Thanks'
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...tests should only be run to confirm a repeatedly reactive (positive) ELISA (or EIA or rapid test). It should not be used as a diagnostic tests without a positive initial screening test, due to the possibility of false-positive or indeterminate... Read more »
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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 »
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 »
Project Inform

Systemic Candidiasis

...Effects The Problem of Antifungal Resistance Drug Interactions Preventing Fungal Infections Naturally Chart for Treating Candidiasis Candidiasis is a fungal infection and among the most common conditions seen in people with HIV. While... 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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Some Info on ARS, Seroconversion and the Rest

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...infected or not. CBC (complete blood count) may contain some clues as to whether or not the person has HIV. However, this is not a diagnostic test. According to Dr. Judith Feinberg, "The CBC holds clues to the possibility of HIV infection, but... Read more »

IS THERE SUCH THING AS HIV-NEGATIVE AIDS?

Posted by bura, 3 Replies
As per the title, is there really such a thing? Read more »

Skeptical about window period

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...like molds and yeasts). I am HIV-negative by ELISA, and negative by PCR (which I distrust because it's not a "gold standard" diagnostic test). I am NOT making any of this up, and at this point I'm SICK TO DEATH of doctors insinuating that I ... Read more »

HIV / AIDS DOCS

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 »