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The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...weakening your immune system. Viral load is the amount of HIV in your bloodstream. The higher the amount of HIV, the greater the risk of your immune system being damaged. Viral load can be measured by two different lab tests: a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a branched DNA (bDNA) test. Both tests are accurate, but each has a different way to measure the amount of virus. It is best to stick with the same kind of test and not...
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Marijuana "Joint" sharing and possible transmission?

Three weeks ago I was at a party and shared a joint with two other people, one of whom was gay. I was really drunk at the time, and did not think anything of it until I started to over think the matter. Do you think I should be concerned or tested? ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...current events Mark Foley, Ted Haggard, Bob Allen, Larry "I'm Not Gay" Craig, etc., etc., etc. ???? (By the way, sharing a joint will not transmit HIV either.)Dr. Bob Read more »

saliva in blood from sharing a joint (marijuana)

Hello Doctors,I remember about 9 or 10 yearsago smoking a joint with a couple people I did not really know. I can recall at one time having a cut on my fingertip and gettingsomeone's saliva in it after grabbing the joint. I can remember another time...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I think that it is always reasonable to get baseline testing to know for sure about any possible risks in the past. Then continue with safe practises once you get hopefully negative results.Dr. McGovern Read more »

sharing food

Can HIV be transmitted through sharing foods or drinks?
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
No. Read more »

sharing cocaine straw w/ hiv +

About a week and a half ago, I shared a rolled up dollar bill and cocaine with a person whom I did not know was hiv+. Ever since I found out, I've been really concerned about my risk of being infected. I've considered taking the PCR antigen test...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...I am not aware of any cases of HIV infection happening through sharing cocaine straws. I have heard of Hepatitis C being spread in this manner. Intranasal cocaine use, especially heavy use, can Read more »
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Viral Load Tests

...Load? The viral load test measures the amount of HIV virus in your blood. There are different techniques for doing this: The PCR ( p olymerase c hain r eaction) method uses an enzyme to multiply the HIV in the blood sample. Then a chemical... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

...Viral Load Test Viral load is the amount of HIV in your bloodstream. Viral loadcan be measured by two different lab tests: polymerase chain reaction (PCR) orbranched DNA (bDNA). It is best to stick with the same kind of test and notswitch... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...communication). HIV can be detected in virtually everyone with AIDS. Recently developed sensitive testing methods, including the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and improved culture techniques, have enabled researchers to find HIV in patients... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

You Can Have a Healthy Pregnancy if You Are HIV Positive

...therapy during pregnancy. How Will You Know Whether Your Baby Is HIV Positive? In most regions of Canada, tests such as PCR (polymerase chain reaction), which look for virus in the blood, are used as a rapid and very accurate way of finding out... Read more »
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Sharing shaving razors?

Posted by Carrie, 8 Replies
...My boyfriend (poz) and I (neg) were wondering if HIV can pass threw sharing the same shaving razors. The concern is obviously that if he nicks himself while shaving his face and gets blood on the razor, Read more »

Another link to share:

Posted by PVS, 1 Reply
...testing. However, there are also tests that diagnose HIV infection by detecting certain parts of the genetic material of HIV. PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests are used to diagnose HIV infection in infants. Viral culture may also be performed... Read more »

Just wanted to share this..

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...symptoms! Main one that I am concerned about is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome- causes swollen lymph nodes (WW favorite!), severe fatigue, joint and muscle pain, memory problems, sore throat - all HIV-like! Some more diseases that doctor suggested are:... Read more »

PCR Tests & Risk Issues

Posted by Ex_Male_Slut, 2 Replies
...woman because I had a mild chest rash which lasted a week and disappeared. This was accompanied by fatigue and eventually by joint and muscle pains. Through this I have had nothing of any significance in the way of lymph node swelling. I... Read more »