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How Long Do I Wait To Get Tested After Contact With Blood

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AIDS InfoNet

Telling Others You're HIV Positive

...needed in your schedule or workload. Make sure they understand if you want to keep your HIV status confidential. People with disabilities are protected from job discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As long as you can do the essential functions of your job, your employer can not legally discriminate against you because of your HIV status. When you apply for a new job, employers are not allowed to ask about your...
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When to test for STD's (Please answer very worried)

Hey Dr. Bob, I had a few questions, hope you can answer them.1) How long should I have waited to test for STD's. I tested at 56 days and all the STD's came back negative. Was that enough time?2) Can you get HCV from cunninglus if there was no...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello J,1. 56 days is long enough for STD screening, except for HIV, which requires a full three months.2. No.3. A negative HIV-antibody test at 80 days Read more »

question about a certain test they do in British Columbia (NAT TESTING)

Dr. Frascino,First off i'd like to commend you on the great work your doing and the patience you have for all the questions you get and answering them in a comical manner on a non comical issue, I really do admire you. I have a question about some...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...batch. If the batch tests positive, then each of the 20 individual samples is tested individually (using the usual serological testing methods). NAT is expensive, which is why it's run as a pooled batch. NAT has been approved by the FDA in the... Read more »

Was I misinformed??? (NAT TESTING 2008)

Hey Dr. Bob, I'll be brief. I recently donated blood and requested to come in and pick up my results. Everything came back negative and the Director of the Lab told me that they use the HIV antibody test as well as the HIV NAT to screen donated...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation blood number, name, and date of birth) Finally, if my blood tested positive for anything, how long would it be until i was contacted about it? Lastly, how would the red cross notify me of any possible condition? (mail, telephone, etc.) Thank... Read more »

Confusion Over RNA/NAAT Test

Dr. Bob,I donate every year and will continue to do so but hope you will answer this question. Had unprotected oral (giving/receiving with no ejaculation) and protected receptive anal; saw condom afterwards and not broken. Probably only need to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...question is how good should I feel about the 15 days I waited before getting the NAT test? Do you have any statistics around how long it takes for the virus to present itself? Thanks, Eric Response from Dr. Frascino Hello Eric, The current... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

HIV Antibody Tests -- Now You Have Several Choices

...blood, or the saliva antibody test, or the urine antibody test. Do you want more information on AIDS, STDs or safer sex? Contact the U.S. Centers for Disease Control AIDS hotline, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-CDC-INFO. Or... Read more »
Project Inform

Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

...naturally more drug-resistant than those found in most HIV-negative people. Treatment usually involves taking several drugs for a long time. Combining several drugs increases the chance of side effects and drug interactions and can be expensive.... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


...reported gonorrheal infections was 120.9 per 100,000 persons. How do people get gonorrhea? Gonorrhea is spread through contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus. Ejaculation does not have to occur for gonorrhea to be transmitted or... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Safer Sex Guidelines

...although HIV might be able to enter the penis, especially if it has contact with HIV-infected blood or vaginal fluids for a long time or if it has any open sores. Some men think that they can't transmit HIV if they pull their penis out before... Read more »
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Test results today

Posted by Hartigan, 2 Replies
I get my test results this afternoon. I posted here in October last year, outlining my concerns. I had unprotected, receptive anal sex and became sick with symptoms resembling ARS a few weeks later (except rash). I had a 6 week test result that was... Read more »

6 weeks test

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...InfoNet Why Should I Be Tested? - The Benefits of Knowing Immune system monitoring and early treatment can greatly improve your long term health. Knowing you are positive may help you change behaviors that would put yourself and others at risk. ... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...HIV - 2 Hiv - 2 is mostly found in West Africa. The only people who should worry about HIV - 2 are those who had sexually contact with someone from that region, or a World Traveller. There are only 78 known cases of HIV - 2 in the US. HIV - 2... Read more »

10 weeks (con't.)

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...where the very next morning i was like " I shouldn't have done that. That was stupid." But if you were to develop symptoms how long does it take after exposure for that to show up? And do you think I should contact this person for getting tested,... Read more »