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Dried Semen Do I Need To Get Tested For HIV

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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 I'm...
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 Read more »

Semen on Bruised Arm - Should I Get Tested?

Hi Dr. Bob,I asked this earlier and didn't get an answer, but am getting really concerned. I got... Read more »

will Semen culture will detect hiv virus in semen?

Hi Doc.Its me again, I have mailed you my question earlier. but didnt receive any reply...I am 34... Read more »
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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...You are HIV-positive (carrying the virus that causes AIDS). You can infect others who come into contact with your blood, semen or vaginal fluid. You should take necessary precautions to avoid transmitting HIV to others. A positive ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

...test does not measure how much HIV is in body tissues like the lymph nodes, spleen, or brain. HIV levels in lymph tissue and semen go down when blood levels go down, but not at the same time or the same rate. The viral load test results can be... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Is Spread

...not. Possibly Infectious "Bodily Fluids" HIV might be transmitted from an infected person to another through: pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum) Pre-seminal fluid is a clear fluid that lubricates men's urethras. It is produced by a... Read more »
The Well Project

Myths About HIV

...through tears, sweat, mosquitoes, pools, or casual contact." The reality: HIV can only be transmitted through infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. The most common ways for HIV to be transmitted are through unprotected... Read more »
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Scared to get tested!!! Need Advise Please

Posted by elen, 4 Replies
...(while married, trying to have a baby with his ex wife). I had no suspicious signs at all, and this was my first exposure to semen (I always had protected sex) We broke up, but I still have no courage to go get tested !!! Do I have any reason to... Read more »

Help

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...LUB on my anus as it was chapped. I did not have sex. My fear is; Im sure this guy masturbated and more than likely wiped his semen on his towel. I then might have wiped some on my butt and then a few minutes latter complicated it by lubing my... Read more »

Lap Dance, HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...came. She tried to sit on my lap again but I think I remember putting my arms over my crotch and lap so she wouldn't contact my semen. Is it possible I could get HIV infected tis way, since I did come fully? The semen left a wet spot on my jeans.... Read more »

oral-saliva test sensitivity

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I have been in contact with this person and he has assured me of his status, but to me he is a risk. I took (at the county testing center) an oral (saliva) test at 6 weeks. How sensitive are these saliva tests? Are they able to detect what the... Read more »