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Laboratory Diagnosis Of Hiv

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Normal Laboratory Values

Important Notes Each commercial laboratory has its own set of"normal" values, called "Normal Range" or"Reference Range" on your lab report. These valuesdepend on the equipment or method used. Compare your results tothe range shown on your lab report. Results that are "outof range" may not represent a problem. Your test resultscan be affected by several factors, including your age or gender,if you are pregnant, the time of day when the sample was...
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SmithKline laboratory Report

HI DCCan youplease explain my dna pcr report was taken 2 and half months a fter contact.Elisa was taken in 12 weeks and was negative please advise also if more testing needed.REad as followsULTRASENSITIVE HIV-1 PCR QUANTITATIONHIV-1 RNA BY PCR QUANT...
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
The viral load test result you got is from a "qualitative" rather than a quantitative viral load test. This means that the assay has been optimized for a yes/no answer at very low copy number, rather than for giving accurate numbers when... Read more »

stupy doctor and nurse in the laboratory today

Your words have been a great relief for me thank you.Here I'll tell you what I did today and what Iv been toldin the laboratory the two women working there.before the test i asked how accurate is the antibody hiv test they do here, 5.3 months...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiThe testing guidelines are to be initially tested at 3 weeks then again at 90 days if that test is negative then so are you. A week or so should not make a huge difference. Why the window is because everyone's body develops these antibodies... Read more »

laboratory mistake

good afternoon doctori write to you desperate, i had sex with a pro condom and unprotected bj. so the thing is i have visiting this site for more then 3 months the thing is 2 weeks after expousure i went to my md and did std test all came back...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I agree with your doctor: Negative HIV tests out to 93 days are conclusive and definitive. Your potential HIV risk was very low. Assuming the latex condom was used properly and did not fail, your HIV risk is primarily unprotected oral sex, which... Read more »

should i trust this laboratory? plz doc i beg u to help!!

Hello doctor,I had an exposure with a gay male, actually it was my 1st and unique exposure. I'm freaking out cause I recently knew that he is engaging in barebacking. We had frottage, with him rubbing his penis against my anus but not going...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello LA from Morocco,The reason to retest is not the lab or type of test, but rather that you tested too soon. HIV-antibody tests taken prior to the three-month mark are not considered to be definitive. Your HIV risk is minimal to nonexistent;... Read more »
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less than 400 copies / mL -- Diagnosis Q.

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Dear Friends:

I had a PCRDNA test and the result I got was "less than 400 copies / mL", I enquired and the lab said they had found no hiv but that the accuracy was limited to less than 400 copies, so if I had 50 they wouldn't be able to detect it. I... Read more »

my HIV diagnosis was no shock to me

Posted by Anonymous
My HIV diagnosis was no shock to me. I lost a former boyfriend in
1987, and later in life, had another boyfriend who concealed his
positive status well into our relationship. I lived in LA during
1980,... Read more »

On the rise 3.5 years post HIV/AIDS diagnosis

Posted by PositiveInPVD, 5 Replies
Well, just some words of encouragement for anyone who is particularly new to this whole thing. After diagnosis in Dec 2002 when I was in very bad shape by the time we found out it was HIV (CD4 = 50, VL >650,000, thrush, wasting, all that bad... Read more »