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Hiv Testing Facts

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Counseling and Testing: Facts, Issues, and Answers

Contents: New Choices: Medical Care Offers Benefits to People with HIV Infection and AIDS What is HIV, and How Could I Become Infected? What Happens If I Become Infected with HIV? The Best Way to Know Whether You Are Infected: HIV-antibody... Read more »
American Association for World Health

Fact Sheet: HIV Testing

Although it is estimated that between 650,000 and 900,000 Americans are currently infected with HIV, it has been estimated that only one fifth to one third of the U.S. adult population has been tested for the disease. Hundreds of thousands of... Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Vital Facts About HIV Home Test Kits

On this page Beware of False Claims About the Approved Product Checking for Antibodies to HIV Rapid Tests: A Clinical Option For More Information Privacy and confidentiality are main... Read more »
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testing facts

Is it true that someone could have HIV and not being picked up on medical test, ever? I heard from a doctor that hiv can lay dormant for years without the person knowing and then violently killing them.Wouldn't we say that the people in other...
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
Show me some data.MH... Read more »

Is it me or the fact that you don't like answering questions about testing times?

I believe I've asked the question about my testing about 3 times and it has gone unaswered. I think it may be me since I've asked other questions as well. I've had 3 negative Elisa tests the latest being 14 weeks. Exposure, broken...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Many questions similar to yours have been answered on this forum. An HIV antibody test is considered accurate by many sources when three months have elapsed since possible exposure. Please read through recently answered questions to see how... Read more »

True fact?- 6 months until detection of hiv /aids

Is it a true fact that it takes up to 6 months from unprotected sexual encounter to detect in testing if you have came across and been infected with hiv/aids? How long does it really take from sexual encounter for hiv/aids to enter your body system...
Richard Cordova III

Response from Richard Cordova III

Test Positive Aware Network
Hi there:No. That is incorrect. The answer is three months. It takes three months for the body to produce enough antibodies to be detected by an antibody test. At 90 days you can get a conclusive HIV test result. In health,Richard... Read more »

Do I in fact have HIV?

I am pregnant and had lab work completed at my first prenatal visit. My ELISA test came back repeatedly reactive and my Western Blot was indeterminate. I then had a second test performed. My Dr informed me today that I am HIV positive. I'm a...
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
The western blot pattern is not the typical pattern we see, and the bands that are positive on your test, would equate to an indeterminate and not positive result. You don't indicate the time interval between the repeat tests and whether the... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous
undergoing fertility treatments when my doctor asked if i would
take an hiv test. i said yes knowing there was no way i could be
positive. i was never with anyone else but my husband, i... Read more »

I'm trying not to scare anyone, but facts are fact

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
In fact I'm not trying to scare anyone, and I don't want to make a kid's game out of the Bulletin Board. I'm just trying to make everyone realize that 99,9% of people doesn't cover all individuals, when talking about tests... I'm sure that 999 of... Read more »

testing facts

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies

Dear Sir. How are we ever going to eradicate this disease when we cant even come up with an adequate test to diagnose it. You know well if any of these people who are convinced they are infected and are, continue to test neg, eventually... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
What are the chances of catching hiv when:
You have sex with a male with the condom on, after he cums he pulls the condom off and you play around for around 10 minutes he puts his penis in you for a couple of seconds (about 2 inches)? Read more »