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Tested HIV+ and no detectable virus after 11 months

HelloI suspiciously tested positive in August 2000. What I mean by that is that I initially tested "Inconclusive" and then they re-tested me stating they will do another kind of test and when I got that result, they said that I had...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
Based upon the description of your testing, your normal CD4+ cell count and undetectable viral load, it is possible that you had a false positive test for HIV. There have been several recent reviews of HIV testing, including an article by my... Read more »

will Semen culture will detect hiv virus in semen?

Hi Doc.Its me again, I have mailed you my question earlier. but didnt receive any reply...I am 34... Read more »

can virus load test detect non-B type HIVs?

I have very low CD4 count (234) and HIV symptoms and no HIV and anti-HIV can be detected by six... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

N.C. Researchers Find Cost-Effective Way of Conducting HIV Test That Detects Virus Earlier, Could Reduce Spread of Disease

Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in collaboration with the North Carolina Division of Public Health on Wednesday announced they have found a cost-effective way to use an improved but expensive HIV test that can detect... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Risk-Based Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Testing Fails to Detect the Majority of HIV-Infected Persons in Medical Care Settings

In order to assess opportunities for early HIV diagnosis in a comprehensive public health care system, the researchers undertook a retrospective review of patients newly diagnosed with HIV from September 2001 to December 2003. Of 348 patients newly... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Maryland: City Offers New HIV Testing; Procedure Detects Virus Earlier, Could Identify "Hot Spots" Where It Is Spread

Baltimore's switch from conventional HIV antibody testing to RNA-based testing could help authorities diagnose new cases more quickly, aiding prevention efforts. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the city's health commissioner, said the more sophisticated test... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Role of STD Detection and Treatment in HIV Prevention

What is the link between STDs and HIV infection? How can STD treatment slow the spread of HIV infection? What are the implications for HIV prevention? Where can I get more information? References Testing and treatment of sexually... Read more »
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ARS symptoms means virus can be detected?

Posted by jxr
Hi...If you have ARS symptoms two weeks after an unsafe episode and these symptoms are actually a sign of HIV infection, will the PCR test be able to detect the presence of HIV in that short time frame. After all, the symptoms of fighting the... Read more »

can an HIV-1 test detect HIV-2?

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
I 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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why is it so hard to detect the presence of hiv?

Posted by raymond, 1 Reply
because our bodies are not good at detecting it because the virus does not act like any other. most viruses consist of a protein coat and rna strain. the virus lands the protein coat injects the rna into the cells where the rna sstarts reproducing... Read more »

HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV

Posted by nomoreworry4me
HIV 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 »