Does A Blood Culture Check For Hiv Or Aids

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Can a blood culture identify hiv?

I recently had to undergo an hiv test in a foreign country. The test result revealed that I was positive.The hospital asked me for a second blood sample saying they wished to culture it. However they did not tell me the result of the culture even...
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
...Antibody tests are more sensitive and accurate then blood culture for HIV infection. You can culture HIV out of the blood, but it requires a certain expertise and equipment to do it properly. Read more »

MAC Disease

I had CD4 count of 5 when diagnosed with AIDS. My doctor did bone marrow biopsy as there was... Read more »


I am a student medical technologist,and there was a small splash from a blood culture bottle of a... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...Women Pregnancy and HIV In Conclusion A Look at the Numbers Over 25 years have passed since the first diagnosis of AIDS in America.While there were a handful of women among the first cases, AIDS was thought toprimarily affect gay... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

How to Spot HIV/AIDS Fraud

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The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

... When it comes to the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, there are three major points to keep in mind: There's a big difference between the symptoms of HIV and the symptoms of advanced Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV/AIDS Among Hispanics/Latinos

...Subpopulation Estimates from the HIV Incidence Surveillance System -- United States, 2006. MMWR . 2008; 57(36):985-989. HIV and AIDS Diagnoses 4 and Deaths At some point in life, 1 in 36 Hispanic/Latino men will be diagnosed with... Read more »
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I am a grandmother

Posted by Anonymous
...already disdabled with a chronic disease. I did not care. Dr. insisted beacause of meds I was on. Many tests later and finally a blood culture I was told I was positive. Cell count over 1,200 since 1990. Went down a few times when I was ill... Read more »


Posted by worrywart22, 2 Replies
...infection he thinks and they did blood test that was on friday and today is tuesday and no answer.I read up thats a sign of HIV im freaking out cant sleep im worried and i cant go to work without breaking down and staying in a shell please help... Read more »

does any one know where to send blood

Posted by chrisbadmushroom, 6 Replies
...I need to know if anyone knows where to get tested for type O and N or any other weird strains of HIV I have many symptoms but continue to test negative even though I have stuff like persistent oral thrush, OHL Epstein bar low Read more »

this is what freaks me out

Posted by chrisbadmushroom, 1 Reply
...titers to EBV dating from a 1989 infection. However, the rise in TOXO titers is recent. More recently, the doctor ordered a blood culture which is going to take a few weeks but which he says should be definitive. However, he wants to continue to... Read more »