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How To Read Hiv Test Results

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HIV Monitoring Test Basics

Your HIV-positive test result only lets you know that you've been infected with HIV. To find out if it's time to get HIV treatment, you'll have to visit a health care provider and get two additional tests: a CD4 count and a viral load test. This resource breaks down what it means to monitor these two important numbers. You'll want to have them checked a few times a year when you visit the doctor for monitoring. If you want, take some time to...
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DR bob it's me can you read my test result please

my exposure was 23 weeks and did this test with lab corp and i don't any idea how to read it they told me it's negative but i feel more secure if u tell metests panel 083824HIV 1/0/2 abs-icma RNHIV/1/o/2abs- index value <1.00 <1.00...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Stop worrying and start WOO-HOOing. Your HIV test results are completely negative.Dr. Bob... Read more »


I took these hiv tests 2 years after possible infection through make out with HIV+ person. I have no clue how to read this and I CAN'T tell my parents! I have no one to talk to. I'm afraid my doc will tell my parents. I had to do these...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,An ICMA is equivalent to an ELISA or EIA.Your HIV-antibody test is negative, and your qualitative HIV DNA PCR is undetectable (negative).The information on the Web site is correct. You tested negative for HIV-1, HIV-2 and subtype O. The HIV DNA... Read more »

After a year oral HIV test still reads negative, but I have been diagnosed with AIDS

I tested positive last year on an Elisa and fourth generation tests. I had taken oral tests and they were negative. When I found out my cd4 was 5 and vl was 416,000. I am now with a id viral load and cd4 of 233. My question is how Can my blood...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
Oral HIV tests are very inaccurate in some people. It can provide false negative results in some people: <a href="" target=_new>OraSure HIV Test Has Risks of False Results, FDA Says... Read more »

alcohol and HIV tests (ALCOHOL AND HIV TEST RESULTS, 2009)

I am a college student and I've done a fair amount of drinking in the past. I got tested at 3 months and then at one year. Both tests were negative but I went out and drank the night before the test I took at the one year. Does alcohol affect...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello College Stud.,Being in college, you should be a bit more adept in doing research. The answer to your questions was waiting for you in the archives of this forum.See below!Dr. BobCan drinking alcohol affect HIV test results Feb 2, 2009I had... Read more »
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need some one who can read my test result

Posted by geodeeb, 2 Replies
i did HIV test after 23 weeks since the last time i thought i had exposed to the virus
the result came back with lab corp

tests panel
HIV 1/0/2 abs-icma !RN!
HIV/1/o/2abs- index value ... Read more »

reading suds-eia results?

Posted by chichi, 3 Replies
i have written to these boards before and have felt very helped by many of the answers. i am the lady who slept with a guy on the first (and last) date. we didnot use a condom and he pulled out before he came - i have no idea about the precum. i... Read more »


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Scared to take the test? Please Read.

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Back in 91 I took an HIV test and the results came back "inconclusive" I was told to take another test, but I didn't. I was too frightened to take it ... too scared to find out if I actually had the disease. Keep in mind that back then HIV/AIDS was... Read more »