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Laboratory Monitoring Of Hiv Infection

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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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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 »

Concerned with HIV Testing and Monitoring in Developing countries.

BenjaminThanks for your effort and dedication that you and your team have demonstrated in helping us. We always marvel the information you share with us. Hey Benjamin a friend of mine is HIV+ and discovered this mid last year. Early this year her...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thank you for your post.In resource-limited countries, the standards for laboratory monitoring of HIV infection may differ significantly from the US or Europe.As you point out HIV viral load tests can be considerably more expensive to obtain... Read more »

laboratory dilemma

Hello.(please answer me !!! I'm very very very stressed).I worked for a period in a lab in which they used to cut fresh carotid arteries specimens (taken from the operatory room, and keeped in medium) in order to make cell colture (to obtain...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Relax, all of those possibilities are remote, astronomically remote. Forget it. Wash your hands and get Hepatitis A vaccine too. DTD... 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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blood counts can indicate infection

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
As an old timer of this board having had ALL the ars symptoms and 20 negative HIV tests including PCR’s DNA bDNA I recently received the results from a blood count that shows my lymphocyte percentage which was 45 right at the top of the... Read more »

Biology Lab On HIV.Gues who was infected?

Posted by stupidgirl, 2 Replies
First day back to college. My first lab for my biology class was today. Take a sick guess what it was on........The spread of HIV. Now take another guess who just happened to get the anonymously infect cup.....That's right I had the cup or the guy i... Read more »

Blood in gloves and HIV infection

Posted by chrisenquist, 1 Reply
One week ago, I visited a lab to get my blood test done. I noticed that the lab technician had blood stains on his gloves. Never thought of asking him to change the gloves. But after few days, I realized that the blood stains in his gloves could... Read more »

HIV infection from dried blood?

Posted by panic05, 5 Replies
I got a question on HIV infection from dried blood. I know no one has been infected with HIV due to contact with toilet seat so far. But I am still worrying about its possibility.

Today, I went to a public washroom. After flushing the toilet, I... Read more »