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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

... Interpretation of Test Results Accuracy of Antibody Tests Anonymous HIV Testing Confidential HIV Testing HIV Name-Based Reporting Partner Notification Orasure Test for HIV Rapid Tests for HIV Home HIV Antibody Tests Urine Test for HIV RNA / NAAT Testing For-Profit Test Sites Testing Issues for Specific Populations Pregnant Women ...
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Will I test positive while on meds.?

Thank you Dr. Bob for all the excellent informtion you provide for the many people who access this site. You are an renowned expert in the field of HIV and I so value your candid responses. I have a couple of questions, please:1. I was diagnosed...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...site and the topic of AIDS denialism extensively. Don't be fooled by the nonsense and pseudoscience of that Web site or the rapidly dwindling number of AIDS denialists who support these repeatedly disproven theories. It's all pure poppycock!Dr.... Read more »

Rapid test detect HIV before Western Blot?

Could a rapid HIV test (specifically Uni-Gold which claims to be able to detect HIV as soon as 3-4 weeks post exposure), detect HIV before a Western Blot is capable of detecting HIV? Asked another way, could a person have a reactive rapid test...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,No. If someone had a reactive rapid test and negative Western Blot, they would be HIV negative. The Western Blot test is the more "specific" test, while the ELISA Read more »

Donation sent

Hi Dr. Bob,This is Adam again. Thanks for replying. I will be traveling to South East Asia for a month in July. My question is that can I do the ELISA earlier (about 2.5 months) instead of 3 month? Does it have a big influence on the outcome of the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...False-negative? Nope! Negative OraSure tests done outside the window period are considered to be definitive negatives. However, a positive rapid test outside the window period is only considered to be a "preliminary positive result" and requires... Read more »

HIV Drug Resistance

My friend was diagnosed with AIDS in 2001. He recently was prescribed Atripla, but did not respond to that med. after five months of taking it as prescribed. His doc is now going to prescribe an experimental drug. Apparently the most recent...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...are sub-therapeutic, can cause resistance. Atripla contains both EFV and 3TC, and both of these drugs are associated with rapid resistance if sub-optimal drug levels result from lapses in adherence.You and your friend should be aware also that... Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...itself is in the blood. When people already know they are infected with HIV they might get other "HIV" tests. These measure how quickly the virus is multiplying (a viral load test, see Fact Sheet 125 ) or the strength of your immune system (a... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Resistance Testing

...Cross-Resistance Problems With Resistance Testing What Is Resistance? HIV is "resistant" to a drug if it keeps multiplying rapidly while you are taking the drug. Changes (mutations) in the virus cause resistance. HIV mutates almost every... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...contrast, among 64 seropositive children, 30 percent presented with AIDS within 6 months of age or with oral candidiasis followed rapidly by the onset of AIDS. By their first birthday, 17 percent died of HIV-related diseases ( European... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

...develop. Drug resistance tests are used to determine if your virus has developedresistance to HIV drugs. There are several types of resistance testsavailable. Genotype test This test uses HIV from your blood to check for... Read more »
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The U.S. patented cure for AIDS

Posted by Anonymous, 9 Replies
...male to receive the AIDS cure. On November 19, 2001, I took the one-time infusion and have never looked at the litany of anti-HIV/AIDS drugs again. My personal gratitude serves as the impetus for this correspondence. The CDC?s Office of... Read more »

questions about symptoms

Posted by lion355, 2 Replies
...Everywhere I read it says an early symptom of HIV is swollen lymph nodes. Is it only an early symptom of HIV or is it also a symptom of someone who's had HIV for some time, possibly Read more »

hiv rapid test 1/2

Posted by sillysausage, 1 Reply
Hi everyone, are these tests highly reliable after six months? I had a negative one today thank god, but the doc still sends all bloods off to lab to test as well. Have i anything to worry about? Read more »

HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV

Posted by nomoreworry4me
...donations and donor organs for HIV, while DNA PCR tests are used for testing newborn babies born to HIV positive mothers. Both types of test can be used to measure the amount of virus that is present within a person's body (when they will usually... Read more »