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The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...stay that way. You can also avoid unnecessary worrying. What Tests Are Available? If you have been infected, your immune system will make antibodies against HIV. The most common HIV tests look for these antibodies. The HIV antibody test (called ELISA or EIA) is one of the most reliable medical tests. It can be done on blood, mouth swab, or urine. Before a positive antibody test result is reported, it is confirmed by another test...
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Do Antibodies Decline

Hi Doctor, I don't know who else to ask this question. I have talked with an Hiv phone counselor here in Oregon and she told me that Hiv antibodies do decline after some time goes by but the test is still able to pick up antibodies if you were...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...some cases of end-stage AIDS (near death!) where the immune system is so shot that it can no longer function. At that time anti-HIV antibody levels can decline significantly. Bottom line Larry is that you can trust your results, OK?Dr. Bob Read more »

Truth about oral sex and hiv - mixed messages received from a test counselor (TRANSMISSION VIA ORAL SEX, 2010)

I have been tested at 3 months, 6 months and a year all negative. I was told that I should test up until six months from a possible exposure. The year test was the start of yearly testing I want to begin as part of my routine exams. I also tested...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...of this forum.Regarding the HIV transmission/acquisition risk of oral sex, I do not agree with the information given by the counselor. See below.Dr. BobPlease post this (TRANSMISSION VIA ORAL SEX, 2010) Sep 15, 2010because it is rarely asked... Read more »

ELISA & HIV -1 VIRAL LOAD BY COBAS TAQMAN

Hello Bob! Hope you are doing well. First of all we would like to congratulate you for precious service you are rendering to many people around the globe through this site and through your foundation as well. One of my colleagues had a sex with a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
... May 2007IntroductionAbout four to six weeks after you've been exposed to HIV, you will want to test for it with a standard HIV antibody test. You can get this test at anonymous HIV testing sites. You can also get it through your doctor's office,... Read more »

HIV prevention testing product 'AWARE ORAL'

Hi Doctor,I am from Hong Kong and I made I think 2 donations previously to your foundation. Now I have a question. There is an advertisement in some peroidicals there is such a product called 'AWARE ORAL'. It claims that it can be used for...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...(See below).Thanks for your donations to The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation. They are warmly appreciated.Be well. Dr. BobHIV Antibody Tests (HIV inSITE)ELISAGenerally referred to as ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) or,... Read more »
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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

... Why Should You Get Tested for HIV? What Are HIV Antibody Tests? ELISA Western Blot (WB) Assay Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) Read more »
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Diagnostic, Monitoring and Resistance Laboratory Tests for HIV

...recommended for establishing the diagnosis of infection in infants born to HIV-1-infected mothers. ( AI ) Clinicians should use an HIV antibody test with confirmation by Western blot or indirect immunofluorescence assay to establish diagnosis... Read more »
The Body

Coping With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

...seek out the support you need. You can beat panic attacks . They happen to plenty of people. Don't be afraid to talk to a counselor, a psychologist or a psychiatrist for help. Depression is common -- and it's treatable . Be aware of the... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV and Aging

...A lack of support can lead to depression. A mental health counselor, health educator, or peer counselor can help. Some peer counselors may have had similar experiences and can share healthy ways to cope. Taking Care of Yourself There is a... Read more »
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testing info

Posted by Anonymous
...In the US, call the National AIDS Hotline, (800) 342-2437. The most common HIV test is a blood test. Newer tests can detect HIV antibodies in mouth fluid (not the same as saliva), a scraping from inside the cheek, or urine. "Rapid" HIV test... Read more »

Facts. Window Period

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...help you find one. Get some help from a person you trust. If you don't have a person like this in your life, get help from a professional counselor. Have this person go with you to the doctor. If you test positive, you have to tell your sex... Read more »

Turning positive at 12th week?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...oraquick at 4, 8 & 11th weeks, all negative. I'm afraid if i re-test for the 12th week, I'll be positive. According to my hiv counselor, he said I could still be making antibodies for the virus during my 12th week. Oh God, I'm so frighten... Read more »

so scared again . . .

Posted by Anonymous
...My exposure was unprotected insertive vaginal. I tested negative at 6 and 11 weeks with 1st gen. antibody tests, but the HIV counselor said I should confirm with post 12-week test. It took everything I had to go through the 6 and 11 week tests.... Read more »