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What Is HIV?

...to Feel a Symptom of HIV? People can have HIV for 10 years or more and never show any symptoms. Other people can get symptoms within a short time after being infected. The only way you can tell if you have HIV is to get an HIV test . How Long Will I Live With HIV? If you keep your CD4 count up, keep your viral load down, take your HIV meds properly and live a healthy life, there's no reason to think that your life will be any shorter ...
Ask the Experts

Hello from Australia Dr. Bob

Hi Mr. Funny,I wish we had super cool doctors like you over here, we probably do, but I haven't found them yet!I have a case study I am hoping you may be able to assist with please:* Information - male to female (heterosexual) monogamous...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey Aussie Study Bug,1. Is it "likely"? No.2. ARS symptoms are very variable from person to person. That hers lasted only 48 hours and that a family member subsequently had similar symptoms would strongly suggest viral gastroenteritis ("stomach... Read more »

Follow up question to help WOO HOO! Happy to donate!

Dr. Frascino,I desperately want to accept my woo-hoo but I'm unable to understand it. I asked you and a few other doctors about my case where a person I was with had tested negative for HIV one year after our encounter. Two months before our...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,"If someone is with somebody who has HIV couldn't they get a small amount of HIV in their system without getting infected (small enough for the body to fight it off). And until the body does fight it off, couldn't they pass it along to others?"... Read more »

HIV/HBV likely seropositive timeline

Dear Dr. My partner and I were exposed to HBV on Dec 21, 2005, which at the time we were unaware of. I developed severe symptoms(fatigue,upper body weakness, lymph swelling, but no jaundice) in exactly 4 weeks. My partner had none. Thinking it was...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...I do not suspect that your hepatitis B is affecting your HIV testing.I would recommend HIV testing at 6 months after the exposure as well.HOwever, most patients who seroconvert are detected by Read more »

HIV+, but testing negative

My boyfriend has recently tested positive for HIV with a T-cell count of 350. We find out the viral load next week. My concern is that we were planning a relocation to a country that requires a negative blood test for HIV. Moral issues aside, will...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

Response from Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

The Cutting Edge
...limits of detection in a blood test. However, I am not sure that your boyfriend would be able to get through an independent test for HIV status as negative. I would suggest you check further into specific requirements for your move and talk... Read more »
Articles
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

Frequently Asked Questions About Safe Sex and HIV Prevention

...When taking an antibody test, what does a negative, positive or indeterminate test result mean? How accurate are the home HIV tests? Should I get a PCR test or an antigen test? On viral load tests, what is considered a high viral load and... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

Approximate Timeline of Testing and Symptoms for HIV/AIDS

(These times are approximate and may vary greatly from person to person!) NOT Drawn to Scale! (Click the image to enlarge.) Key: AVS = Acute Viral Syndrome A = Antigen test PCR = Polymerase Chain Reaction test ... Read more »
White House Press Office

President Obama Urges Americans to Take the Test and Take Control on National HIV Testing Day

... President Obama issued the following statement regarding National HIV Testing Day: On this 14 th commemoration of National HIV Testing Day, I urge Americans to take control of their own health -- and Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

Frequently Asked Questions About AIDS (II)

...do more than one under most circumstances (especially in babies). PCR tests are also usually done in conjunction with other tests for HIV, just to rule out inaccuracies in the test. This test is very difficult for labs to perform, hence its... Read more »
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After 45 days...

Posted by gunners, 1 Reply
...hey my friends...i need opinion from expert or doctor.. after 45 days from relationship.. what is the best test for hiv ? i want to do test now but i don't what is the correct and best...? Read more »

PCR Accuracy timeline

Posted by Goman, 1 Reply
As I am about to get my results, I am curious. I have read Dr. Krull says 4-11 days and the virus shows up in PCR. Is this correct? I know it is not an approved test, but it is for needing to know something prior to the 3 month window. Still... Read more »

Timeline of Testing

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I tested for HIV at 24 weeks after exposure and I was negative. Should I test after 26 weeks just to play it safe, since technically 26 weeks is six months. Has anyone ever tested negative at 24 weeks and poz later? Read more »

Curious about timelines

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...It seems I've visited every hiv testing/information site. I am quite confused by the timeline recommendations regarding testing. Some sites say 6 weeks, some 12 Read more »