Hiv Testing Preparation

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Preparation for HIV TestThe Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions

Rick, Is it advisable to avoid eating for a certain number of hours before taking an HIV antibody test? Usually, doctors will tell patients to take a conventional set of blood tests on an empty stomach; I was wondering if the same caution correctly...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

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Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...test) will not affect the test results. Inaddition, taking drugs like sleeping pills will also not affect this test. So if you tested negative, that indicates that no antibodies were found. Aslong as it was more than 6 months after your last... Read more »

HIV test and testing prerequsites

Sir, I just have 2 concerns that I am putting forward to you:1.Is there any restriction /... Read more »


Thank you for responding to my question "HIV SPREAD FROM FOOD PREPARED BY HIV+ person" yesterday. I... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

OraSure Preparing to Seek FDA Approval for Nonprescription Sales of OraQuick Oral Rapid HIV Test

...Technologies during the past year has been preparing to seek FDA approval for nonprescription sales of its OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV 1/2 Antibody Test, the Allentown Morning Call reports. OraSure on Monday announced it has hired Durham,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Botswana Adopts Radical Approach to HIV

...reluctance to seek treatment in one of the few African countries able to provide it prompted Botswana to rethink its approach to HIVtesting. Since early 2004, Botswana has offered HIVtesting as part of all routine medical visits. Patients have... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Survey Says Four in Five Swazi Men Would Reject AIDS Testing

... Although nearly 40 percent of the adults in Swaziland have HIV, the highest prevalence rate in the world, four out of five men surveyed there said they would refuse to take an HIV test, and Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Georgia: AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta Seeks Volunteers for Historic HIV Vaccine Trial

...Yerkes National Primate Research Center. The 77-week trial includes four vaccinations about eight weeks apart. Because of the testing requirements of the study, volunteers must live in or be willing to relocate to Atlanta. The vaccine is... Read more »
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I tested positive

Posted by urnotalone, 1 Reply
...monogamous for a little over a year now. My story is a spiritual one but to make a long story short b/c it is a long story. I got tested for HIV and the initial test came back "+". When the Dr. told me the news I was mortified. I have read a... Read more »

NAT positive, but still have a question

Posted by paper_plane, 1 Reply
...denial about this whole thing, but i went in for a rapid HIV test because the week before i got strep, went to the doctor and tested positive for it, and i knew that could be a sign of HIV infection. I tested negative on the rapid test. That was... Read more »

No Symptoms, but Tested POS mouth swab

Posted by Guest8923, 2 Replies
...need a little encouragement. I took a mouth swab in May 2008 and it was + for HIV. I took a full blood test at my drs office tested neg, i waited 8 months to make sure and tested neg again. I still have anxiety about the pos. I have no symptoms,... Read more »

trench mouth

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Ok, i hate to be a pesky poster, but I posted yesterday a question regarding HIV and trech mouth ( see the post Dental Symptoms), and I'm very scared, so I was wondering if anyone had any further information Read more »
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