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Hiv Testing Process

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Massachusetts Officials Issue Directive That Seeks to Streamline HIV Testing Consent Process

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health yesterday issued a directive recommending that health care providers include written consent for HIV testing in the general permission forms given to patients receiving medical care, the Boston Globe ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New HIV Testing Guidelines May Speed Process

New national HIV testing guidelines might result in more people getting tested and fewer people receiving behavioral counseling, Las Vegas health officials said. Under new CDC guidelines, family doctors would urge more patients to get tested, but... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

British Ministers Abandon Plans to Require HIV Testing as Part of Visa Application Process

Ministers in Great Britain have abandoned plans to make HIV testing mandatory for immigrants applying for visas to the region, London's Observer reports (Revill, Observer , 7/25). The government had considered implementing compulsory HIV... Read more »
Ask the Experts

HIV Infection Process

Dr. Bob,Hello. I am not sure if this is the correct forum to present this question, but I've been browsing this section for a few weeks now and you seem to be really on top of things.My question/curiosity is regaring the HIV infection process....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,The natural history of HIV infection is well documented. You are correct there is a spike in HIV viral load shortly after infection, which then decreases as the body's immune response kicks into gear. I'll reprint a brief description... Read more »

Is quick processing of blood sample important?

I recently got an ELISA test (negative) approx 8 weeks after a potential exposure to HIV. I know it was probably a little bit early so I am going to have another one at 3 months.In the meantime I am wondering if it is important that the ELISA test...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
New York City Department of Health, and I'm assuming that protocols are similar throughout the country.Simply put, the HIV testing process should be accurate at the one week mark (and probably even a bit longer) after the collection date. RMK... Read more »

Complicated Process

I had unprotected sex with a guy who about a month ago told me he tested positive. I finally went to a doctor who suggested an ELISA test, but after all I read about a Western Blot needed after a negative ELISA, I told her I wanted to go for a sure...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
The ELISA test is highly sensitive, but it is not entirely specific to HIV. This means that if you have antibodies to HIV, the ELISA test is almost 100% likely to detect them. However, it sometimes produces false positives, which means a positive... Read more »

Follow up question: Why wont you admit you could be wrong Dr.Bob? Process of simple elimination!

Hi dr.bob;K here with you. Just a quick follow up, at 10 weeks post exposure, have had chronic dry cough since 6 weeks post exposure. Developed vomitting and diahrrea at 7 weeks post, vomitted twice on that same day, but it ceased after that. had...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello K,As I have stated before, no matter how many times you write in or how absolutely certain you are that you are HIV positive and that I am wrong, my assessment and advice will not change. I again ask you to hold off on sending more posts until... Read more »
Connect With Others

Process of Home Access Test Results

Posted by Smalltown, 3 Replies
ust had a question on calling for Home Access test results. My first concern is if the lab has even received the test. I mailed the test via FedEx on Monday AM. Don't know how far the package got in route before all flights were grounded. Just my... Read more »

Halfway through the testing process

Posted by goonie, 1 Reply
Oh hell.

Long story. Hope you read and comment on this.

Ok. Just to let you guys know the story.

I live in Dubai, where it's not allowed to have HIV. I have a great job (with a big salary), and I'm 27 years old.

So anyway, mid-July i travelled back... Read more »

Process of elimination

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Had a low risk exposure sept/oct last year unprotected vaginal insertive. Went for a full medical last week and just got results of blood test/liver function/kidney function and they were all fine, as was my blood pressure etc. My question is this.... Read more »

HIV Support Ethnography - Talk with me about your process of seeking support!

Posted by SophiaRois, 2 Replies
My name is Sophia and I am a college student who is personally and academically interested in issues of HIV/AIDS and sexual health. I am currently in an Anthropological Research Methods course that asks us to conduct an ethnography, a project that... Read more »