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Laboratory Tests To Monitor HIV Progression

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Drug Approval: Moving Drugs From the Laboratory to the Pharmacy

Table of Contents New Ideas, New Drugs FDA Regulation and Clinical Trials Clinical Trial Safety Promoting Diversity in Clinical Trials Conducting Clinical Trials (Phases 1-4) Final Thoughts Almost 20 years have passed since Retrovir (zidovudine, AZT, ZDV) was approved as the first treatment for HIV. During that time, researchers have developed close to 30 HIV drugs, an amazing accomplishment. The drug approval process starts with...
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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 than... Read more »

what blood test should I take to monitor my health when I take ARVs...

My dear Dr Benjamin Young, Hi, Glad to be in contact with you again, Its me Wilmer J. from Nicaragua. as you may recall I was diagnosed with HIV november 26th 2011... my doctor began treatment with combivir(lamivudine and zidovudine) and efavirez on...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Estimado Wilmer,It is good to hear from you again and thanks for your nice words.1) We usually try to do laboratory and clinical monitoring every 3-6 months in patients living with HIV. A typical set of tests includes a complete blood count (CBC),... Read more »

HIV never progressing???

I don't know if I'm correct when I say this but is it true that some patients living with HIV never progress? I thought I remember myself reading something online that indicated that some people with HIV never have a viral load....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.To be sure, there are persons with HIV infection who have very little or "no" disease progression. These persons are quite rare, less than 1% of the population. A usual predictor of having slower than average CD4... Read more »
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4th Generation HIV Test

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An arsenal of laboratory methods are available to screen blood, diagnose infection, and monitor disease progression in individuals infected by HIV. These tests can be classified into those that: (a) detect antibody, (b) identify antigen, (c) detect... Read more »

Does slow seroconversion = slow progression?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hey everyone, thanks for your help with my other questions a few pages back. I would like to buy everyone a drink when this is all over, but probably can't aford it!

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Does anyone know of any natural indicators of the rate of hiv disease... Read more »

PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy)

Posted by Ron31
Greetings! My name is Ron and I am living with HIV and PML. Myself and a fellow progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy survivor wanted to test the viability and usefulness of an online support group for others affected by PML personally or with... Read more »

PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy)

Posted by Ron31
Greetings! My name is Ron and I am living with HIV and PML. Myself and a fellow progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy survivor wanted to test the viability and usefulness of an online support group for others affected by PML personally or with... Read more »