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Having Sex During Period And Dna Pcr Testing

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Medication after DNA PCR test

Hello Dr. Bob,Thanks for this site and all the great info.I had protected sex with a prostitute on Oct 31, 2010. Though I felt it was a safe encounter, it was my first and hopefully my last. I spoke to a doctor and he recommended a DNA PCR test 5...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello SI,(1) and (2) DNA PCR is not routinely recommended for HIV diagnosis. The HIV-antibody test outside the window period remains the gold standard and that's what I would rely on!(3) I would not start antiretrovirals based on a single... Read more »

please answer (RNA PCR versus DNA PCR 2009)

dear doc bob i had a risky hiv incounter from oral sex with a csw and drug abuser wich landed me... Read more »

dna pcr test

Hi Dr. Bob,I know that antibody testing is the "gold standard" of testing, but for who people who... Read more »
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New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Diagnostic, Monitoring and Resistance Laboratory Tests for HIV

...Assays 2. HIV-1 Confirmatory Antibody Assays 3. HIV-2 Antibody Screening B. Viral Identification Assays 1. DNA Polymerase Chain Reaction (DNA-PCR) 2. Plasma HIV RNA Assays III. Monitoring Tests A. Lymphocyte Analysis ... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...their blood that can be detected by an HIV test, even though the person may already have high levels of HIV in their blood, sexual fluids, or breast milk. Here is what the CDC says about the window period: "Antibodies generally appear within... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

Taking Unnecessary HIV Monitoring Tests: A Waste of Valuable Resources

... Tests for HIV-2 and Group "O" The HIV-2 virus is found almost exclusively in Western Africa, and in persons who have had sex, or shared needles, with West Africans. Because the HIV-2 virus is so rare outside of Western Africa, testing for... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

Frequently Asked Questions About AIDS (II)

...table is not drawn to scale. Key: AVS = Acute viral syndrome A = Antigen test PCR = Polymerase chain reaction test [----] = Appears for a limited time only [----> = May continue for long... Read more »
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What type of PCR tests are done in the USA?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Molecular detection of human immunodeficiency virus-1 infection among commercial sex workers using the polymerase chain reaction in Singapore. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 1996 Nov;25(6):831-6. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE MED/97207755 Goh CL; Chan... Read more »

Window period for DNA PCR

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...should wait before getting a DNA PCR ? Also, can a 4 week new-gen ELISA be treated as conclusive ? I had unprotected anal sex with a low risk individual. I was the insertive partner. The episode was even more low risk because I could never... Read more »

Yet another PCR DNA question!!

Posted by needhelp02, 1 Reply
...Please, everyone don't kill me here. I am just trying to find information, that's all. Quest Diagnostics says that the PCR DNA exam could yet false negatives for very low lymphoctyes. Does anyone know if this means just CD4s or all lymphoctyes... Read more »

Testing/Time

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I recently had a low-risk exposure (receiving oral sex) and would like to find out as soon as possible my status. I know that receiving oral sex is a low risk, but until you are in Read more »