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Does Standard Blood Work Test For Hiv

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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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Do standard blood tests detect early signs of cancers?

Does the standard blood tests performed at HIV clinics detect early signs of cancer? If not, are there any other ways to detect cancers (all kinds) before you become seriously ill?...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
You ask a simple and important question for which there is no easy answer. There is NO "standard blood test" to detect cancer. Oh how I wish that such a test would exist!The American Cancer Society and other organizations have... Read more »

Can HIV be detected in standard bloodtest?

Can HIV be detected in blood test/blood work that is not an HIV test? For example, blood taken from an expecting mother during a check up. In other words, would HIV be able to be detected in a blood test that is not an actual HIV test?...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
HIV will not be detected unless: a) the blood test is looking for antibodies to HIV, or b) it is testing for the actual presence of virus (viral RNA or DNA by PCR). Your standard blood test does not include these types of tests. You should know if... Read more »

HIV risk from standard blood draw

Hello: I was wondering if there is any real possibility of getting infected with HIV from just a standard blood draw? Although everyone always says that needles are never reused in medical offices, how can I be sure of that? How easily can the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,"Is there any real possibility of getting infected with HIV from a standard blood draw?" No. "How can you be sure of that?" Now there's a question I will never be able to answer. How can I prove to you that there are... Read more »

Undetectable Viral Load, will standard HIV test still show positive?

I am living in a country where HIV tests are required for renewal of a work permit. My viral load has been undetectable for more than one year and I get my medication in another country. Will the standard HIV test for a doctor that does not know my...
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
Yes, an HIV antibody test will still be positive.... Read more »
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Is the test standardized?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is it true that the aids test is not standardize meaning it does not meet a gold standard? I can't find out on the net info on it meeting standardization.

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Standard STD clinic tests should be done too

Posted by Anonymous
Standard STD clinic tests should be done along with AIDS HIV and get vaccinated for hepatitis.


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Blood test

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
If someone has a blood test (not an HIV test) 35 days after exposure, and the blood test doesn't show any abnormality, Is this an indication that an recent exposure has not happened, or should I be having an HIV test anyway? Read more »

Standards for ELISA tests

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I know that there are varying stances on what the window period should be (ie. 3 months vs 6 months) and I assume that the 3 month window is becoming the more accepted window period because of the increasing sensitivity of the ELISA test as it... Read more »