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University of Miami School of MedicineThe tests that detect HIV antibodies are the most effective screening tests. They have very high levels of sensitivity and specificity, and they are very cost-effective for screening.Viral load is only useful for estimating the amount of active HIV... Read more »
Columbia University's Health & Related ServicesHIV 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 »
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Posted by andypb, 1 ReplyWhat is compromised/ supressed immune system.
Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection.
Would a Person having as low Cd 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system.
Do such person with... Read more »
Posted by nomoreworry4meHIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV itself (rather than antibodies or antigens) are known as PCR tests. PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction and is a common way of testing for a variety of different organisms. The overall process... Read more »
Posted by Anonymous, 6 RepliesI had several ELISA HIV 1 tests all negative (thank God). But now I'm wondering about HIV 2. Can the HIV 1 test detect HIV 2?
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Posted by xtreme, 1 ReplyI've read that the window period for most people is 3 months after exposure and the rest of the people will show antibodies at 6 months - im confused over this cause ive read that a supressed immune system will mess up results but does it mean no... Read more »
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