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Is Blood Work The Only Way To Detect Hiv

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Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV

Introduction Lab tests, or blood work, can give important clues about your overall health and HIV disease. Many of these tests should be done shortly after learning that you're HIV-positive. This will establish a "baseline" measure of your immune health and show how active HIV is. Knowing this information will help you watch for changes in your health over time as well as check the impact of any treatments that you take. Factors such as age,...
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Do standard blood tests detect early signs of cancers?

Does the standard blood tests performed at HIV clinics detect early signs of cancer? If not, are there any other ways to detect cancers (all kinds) before you become seriously ill?...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
You ask a simple and important question for which there is no easy answer. There is NO "standard blood test" to detect cancer. Oh how I wish that such a test would exist!The American Cancer Society and other organizations have... Read more »

Is HIV- antibodies the best test to detect HIV+? (ELITE CONTROLLERS, 2010) (ELITE SUPPRESSORS, 2010)

I have a friend of mind who hasn't taken any medications for HIV since 2006 and has maintained 0 viral load and a maximum CD4 after he was decleared cured by a herbalist. He was very sick before then but he's been fine all this while going...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Your friend was "decleared" cured by an herbalist? Hmm. Another herbalist curing HIV/AIDS? And he's not on the cover of TIME magazine? What's up with that? Sorry Charlie, I don't believe it. The cure for HIV/AIDS has not... Read more »

High antibodies detected during blood donation. Please help me on this question. Urgent.!

Hi Dr Wohl,Good day to you. i am 30 yrs old male from Malaysia. I posted this same question few days ago however there is no reply and i am really hoping that you are able to clarify this question and clear my doubts. Appreciate your time and help...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
This is indeed strange and I can not explain what happened at the blood donation center. It may well be there was a false positive test at the blood center or they mixed up your results. Of all the testing you had done it appears that the blood... Read more »

HIV not detected

My blood work has come back HIV-not detected for over a year. I asked my Dr. but he thinks not detected is the same as detected but too low to count. I stopped my HIV meds three months ago. I had new blood tests because I got a horrible cold/crud...
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
Your doctor is correct, undetectable in blood plasma, means it is too low to count, but the virus is still present in blood and other cells.... Read more »
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can a hematology blood test detect hiv?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
can a hematology blood test detect if you have hiv??? even though it isnt specifically for HIV like the ELISA??? pls answer 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 »

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 »

Immune system & HIV detection

Posted by andypb, 1 Reply
What is compromised/ supressed immune system.

Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection.

Would a Person having as low Cd 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system.

Do such person with... Read more »