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Dried Semen And Dna Pcr Testing

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HIV PCR by testing semen

Dear Dr,I took a HIV PCR test by testing my semen two weeks exposure. Do you think HIV PCR by semen is more sensitive than by blood? Can it detect the HIV sub-type O? Is there any window period for it?Could you pls give me an answer, because...
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
There have been no comparison studies regarding the sensitivity of PCR testing in blood versus semen. In most people who are infected and are not on treatment, the virus can be detected in both compartments. Current commercial based PCR tests cannot... Read more »

Is bDNA PCR = DNA PCR?

Dear Dr. Holodniy:Please keep up the wonderful, life-savings work you have been doing. I... Read more »
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Hiv2 test or pcr dna

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi, its me again. I was wondering after several non-reactive results after about 1yr and some time but have oral problems:dry mouth, white hairy tongue with white cottage cheese looking stuff on it, mouth ulcers on the cheeks of my mouth and unable... Read more »

DNA PCR tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Where does one go for a DNA PCR test and will they usually not be given to you?

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DNA PCR Qualitative Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can somebody tell me the accuracy of DNA PCR Qualitative tests? If they are accurate when should they be got done at the earliest? I have read that they are not advised due to high false positive results. If so, then if result is negative is it... Read more »

What do you think of DNA PCR tests?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Is it wise to get a DNA PCR test done. Does anyone have any experience with this? I called a web site that offers this service and they say that this test can be conclusive as early as six weeks. Is there any point in having this test done? Read more »