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How Does An Hiv Test Detect The Hiv Virus

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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 "two of the six...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

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

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
...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 colleague, Dr.... 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 »

HIV Positive to Can't find virus: Still infectious?

A former partner who learned she was HIV positive 20 years ago now says her virus can't be found.... Read more »
Articles
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

...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 the virus weeks earlier than standard screening, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.... 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

...The RNA test is being used in east- and west-side health clinics, and the department plans to make it available for community HIV testing agencies. North Carolina began using RNA testing in 2002. Dr. Peter Leone, medical director for the state's... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Rwandan Religious Leaders Receive HIV Tests to Help Fight Stigma Associated With Virus

... Fifty religious leaders from across Rwanda gathered last weekend in the city of Nyandungu to publicly receive HIV tests in an effort to fight the stigma associated with the virus, Rwanda's New Times reports. According to the Times , the... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Evangelical Lutheran Bishops Will Publicly Take HIV Tests to Raise Awareness, Show Commitment to Curbing Virus

...Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America participating in the church's conference in March will publicly take HIV tests in an effort to raise awareness about the virus, the Religion News Service/ Salt Lake Tribune reports. The... Read more »
Connect With Others

Is there any way to get a test for virus itself

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...Is there any way to get a test for HIV itself, rather than just the virus? I know it costs alot more but would there be any doctor's willing to perform this test, Read more »

ARS symptoms means virus can be detected?

Posted by jxr
...short time frame. After all, the symptoms of fighting the infection are already present, so will the test be able to detect the virus at that time? Thanks. Like others of you I went through this a few years ago as well and promised that I would... Read more »

Looks like window period may be reduced to 6 weeks

Posted by Anonymous
... Directly from Who.org Testing for HIV antibodies Tests for HIV detect the presence of antibodies to HIV, not the virus itself. Although these tests are very sensitive, there is a "window period. Read more »

joel gallant believes in other viruses!!!

Posted by uhohblita, 3 Replies
...many cases of anxiety-induced fever, pharyngitis, or lymph node enlargement. Moreover, in your opinion, do you note that other viruses (e.g., adeno, coxsackie, pox, emergent newer viruses, etc.) are on the rise which might serve to explain these... Read more »