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Is There Anything In A Blood Test That Could Suggest Hiv

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Blood Work: Two Common Tests to Use for Monitoring HIV Disease

Introduction CD4 Cell Count Tests Why Do You Use CD4 Counts? CD4 Counts and When to Start Therapy What Do CD4 Counts Mean? Viral Load Tests How Often Should Viral Loads Be Tested? What Tests Are Used? Getting Viral Load Tests Viral Load and Women Interpreting Test Results Disease Progression and Therapy Commentary Introduction Two of the most common tests that you and your doctor will use to monitor your health are...
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Your suggestion of a HIV DNA test?

Thank you again for answering my question from last month. I saw my doctor last week and showed him a printout of my question to you and your answer. He was not clear on what sort of "HIV DNA" test you were suggesting and asked that I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Yes, the "qualitative DNA PCR" is used to detect cell-associated Proviral DNA, including HIV reservoirs in peripheral CD4 cells and has a sensitivity down to approximately 5 copies/106 cells. However, this test is not considered... Read more »

Can first test results suggest date of infection?

Hi.I am HIV+, 48 yr. old male.My first HIV blood test was about three weeks after I first succumbed to seroconversion illness. The results were:HIV-1/2 Screen MEIA ReactiveHIV-1/2 Supplemental ReactiveHIV-1 Western Blot Weakly ReactiveHIV-1...
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
It sounds from your symptoms and lab test results that infection occurred about 2-4 weeks prior to symptoms developing.... Read more »

arv and contagion(FINDINGS SUGGEST HIV CAN BE TRANSMITTED FROM MSM WITH UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD 2008)

friend on arv for 2 years says he is no longer contagious is this possible...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,No. If he's HIV positive, he's capable of transmitting the virus. He may be confused about the terminology of his laboratory tests. On antiretroviral drugs, it is possible (and desirable) to drive his HIV plasma viral load to... Read more »

Undetectable Viral Load Infection and Superinfection (FINDINGS SUGGEST HIV CAN BE TRANSMITTED FROM MSM WITH UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD 2009) (SUPERINFECTION, 2009)

Thanks for your comments and information about the possibility that people with undetectable viral might be able to infect HIV negative people and contribute to HIV superinfection, but is there any research revealing the actual numbers of such...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, we do not have reliable information as to how often this phenomenon occurs. As you can probably imagine it is quite challenging to conclusively prove that a particular strain of HIV was transmitted to an already infected individual. This... Read more »
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hiv specialist suggestions?

Posted by bluewindow, 2 Replies
Dear thebody members,

Only a few weeks ago, I tested positive for HIV and currently I am looking for a physician in the New York City area. I ve been reading that is very important to get a doctor with experience and up-to -date knowledge. A... Read more »

Can anyone please give me suggestion

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I posted the same message previously and I'm posting it again.I took HIV test anonymously at Quest diagnostics by going through an organisation that i found on the internet website.The website address is
http://www.ehivtest.com

It was said in the site... Read more »

Confused on when to start meds? Any suggestions?

Posted by Mark100, 3 Replies
Hey Guys,
I just met with my doctor today for the blood test results. My CD4 count still wasn't in yet, but my viral load was and it was 150,000. The doctor was like wow, that's high. Then he said you were just recently infected so that's normal. ... Read more »

Suggested Readin:IDEAS, COM. Jackie, GMan?? ???

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Here is a site I found interesting: http://www.aegis.com/news/re/1998/RE981203.html
Jackie, GMan, and others that are knowledgeable, what are your ideas and opinion on this? Many tests including Home Access HAVE NOT been improved since this was... Read more »