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Most Reliable Hiv Test

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What is the most reliable HIV test?

Dr. Holodniy,What is the most reliable way to test for HIV, including methods available only in research labs? For example, is there a way to test that would be 100 sure to detect every group M subtype as well as other groups and mutations of HIV...
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
Viral culture would be the least sensitive and most variable, when compared to antibody and viral nucleic acid testing. CD4 cells are part of the peripheral blood mononuclear cell pool of cells. Activated cells in general are more easily infected in... Read more »

Reliability of HIV testing

How reliable are the HIV tests given in doctor's offices? I have heard of cases where a... Read more »

reliability of hiv testing

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Economists Helping to Deliver Reliable Data About What Development Aid Works

"[F]inally, we're getting some reliable data suggesting how to" help people in developing countries because of economists, who "provide answers that are rigorously field-tested, akin to the way drugs are tested in randomized controlled trials,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

California Must Implement Reliable, Confidential HIV Reporting System, Editorial Says

After reports that California's current HIV reporting system "may be hindering the state's efforts" to fight HIV/AIDS, state legislators must work with health officials to "quickly implement" a new reporting system that is "confidential but also... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Sex Education Programs in Singapore's Schools Should Provide Teens With Objective, Reliable Information, Education Ministry Says

The number of teenagers contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections has increased over the past several years, Singapore's Education Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Thursday, the Straits Times reports. In 2008, 787 STIs were recorded... Read more »
American Academy of HIV Medicine

American Academy of HIV Medicine Endorses New HIV Testing Guidelines; Remains Concerned About Funding for Tests and Treatment

Washington, DC -- The American Academy of HIV Medicine has endorsed the revised recommendations for HIV testing in health care settings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommend significant expansion of routine HIV... Read more »
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How reliable is an ELISA HIV test at 5 weeks?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
How reliable is an ELISA HIV test at 5 weeks? I know that the recommended testing timeframe is 3 mos. (99.9% accurate) ... but I've also heard that most people develop antibodies by 4 weeks and would test postive then (90% is what I heard).


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Hiv 1/2 reliability vs Hiv-2 stand alone test ?

Posted by SRCHFRANS34, 1 Reply
Does anyone know the % of accuracy for Hiv-2 antibody detection with current Elisa 1/2 antibody tests ? Some of the 4-5 year old posted answers in the archives say 70% accuracy for Hiv-2 , has that changed with today's 1/2 tests ? I'm Finding a... Read more »

What type of HIV Test is more Reliable?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
My doctor is going to draw some blood on Thursday because I am pregnant and she does all type of pre-natal testing. I may be at risk due to sharing a lancet with someone who is gay but I don't know if he is HIV (see "Am I At Risk" post below). ... Read more »


Posted by GreatEscape, 1 Reply
Got myself tested 4 weeks after my last "possible" exposure (oral receptive for about two minutes, no ejaculation, presence precum unknown, insertive partner's status unknown) via SD BIOLINE HIV 1/2 RAPID TEST. Results came out negative.

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