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HIV Testing 101

...positive, you'll need to get an even more reliable blood test, known as a Western Blot, that will confirm the results in a couple of weeks.) And don't forget, if you are at risk for HIV from sex, then you are also at risk for other sexually transmitted diseases that can be much easier to get. If you live in the United States and are concerned about your privacy, in much of the United States, especially in cities, there are clinics and...
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Blood Testing for HIV

Mr. Sowadsky, My girlfriend was "raped" a year and a half ago. She has hadtwo blood tests (standard tests, not specifically for HIV) since that time.The last test was 6 months ago. If the blood tests indicated nothing wrong,should she be concerned...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...specifically designed to detect HIV infection (antibody tests etc.). Likewise, the ONLY tests that can be used to diagnose other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's) are tests thatspecifically look for each STD. In other words: Read more »

blood tests

a month ago my doctor order a bloodtest on me because of symtoms that turned out to be associated with colitis. i have been in a monogomous realationship for the last 9 months and was wondering if the bloodtest would show any type of std or hiv. my...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
...You have to get a blood test specifically for HIV. I have no idea what your blood was tested for. Never assume anything. Go back to your doctor and ask what Read more »

blood test

may i know what is blood culture for? and what STD can we know from the test? please answer these...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...some viruses (usually herpes viruses) can be cultured for as well. A few STD bacteria can be cultured from blood. Some require blood tests that are not cultures. Most are cultured from the primary site of infection Read more »

blood testing

When you give blood do they test for every STD and HIV and Hep?
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...Not every STD, but syphilis, HIV-1/2, HTLV 1/2, Hepatitis B and C.MH Read more »
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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV-Related Risks:

...HIV Impacts Specific STDs Do STD Programs Influence HIV Rates? STD-HIV Recommendations Resources Selected Sources Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), formerly known as venereal diseases, are diseases that are spread from... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cook County, Ill., Ranks High in Sexually Transmitted Disease: STD Treatment Costs U.S. Health Care System $16.4 Billion a Year

...than half the people who should be screened receive the recommended STD tests, CDC said. If left undiagnosed and untreated, STDs raise the risk of HIV infection. The report found large racial disparities in STD rates, reflecting a range of... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

How Do You Talk To Your Partners About HIV/AIDS and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)?

...There is no easy answer concerning how to talk to a partner about HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Although many people find it easy tohave sex, they find it extremely difficult to talk about it. So how does onebegin? The Read more »
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

...Issues of reproductive health, including sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are among the most common reasons that women come to learn of their HIV positive diagnosis. This article will focus on treatable Read more »
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Blood tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Do they automatically check for HIV in regular blood tests, or if you give blood? If they do check for hiv when you give blood, do they tell you you have it? Read more »

testing question

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I have a doctor appointment this friday, and i want him to screen me for std's by way of a blood test. is the normal blood test effective, or should i ask for a certian one? also, how long does it take to get the results back? Read more »

STD testing

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...minutes max w/o condom before I finished. There was some unprotected oral as well. Aside from HIV I want to test for other STD's. I am in the military and the Corpsman told me that a urinalysis will test to see if any white blood cells are in... Read more »

can you detect HIV w/ a basic blood test?

Posted by Anonymous
...can you detect HIV w/ a basic blood test like testing for ur hematology and and blood chemistry? a blood test not specifically for HIV like the ELISA test. Read more »