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Pcr Testing For Hiv

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HIV-1 DNA by PCR test and HIV-1 Abs test

Hi, I took the tests above on the 36th day after exposure. Both tests came negative, (I'm not in any med, never tested positive)However, I'm wondering how accurate these results are? Should I repeat the tests, when? What was the posibility of...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...not have time to turn positive. Usually the earliest would be by 2 weeks and most will be positive by 6 weeks. We repeat the testing for 3 months to be sure to catch all positives.The HIV PCR test should be positive by day 36, usually at a high... Read more »

PCR test for HIV detection

I had sex with a sex-worker and suspected that I may have somehow contracted HIV. I did the PCR... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

N.Y. Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Access to PCR Test for Emergency Personnel Potentially Exposed to HIV

...measure, sponsored by state Sen. William Larkin (R) and Assembly member Gary Pretlow (D), would require employers to pay for a polymerase chain reaction HIV test, which can show if a person is infected with the virus within eight to 10 days... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Viral Load Testing

...confirm PCR test results, even in those highly controlled research environments. Other reasons to not recommend viral load/PCR testing for HIV diagnosis: Some businesses prey on the fear and impatience of anxious individuals. They know that... Read more »
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Diagnostic, Monitoring and Resistance Laboratory Tests for HIV

...Assays 2. HIV-1 Confirmatory Antibody Assays 3. HIV-2 Antibody Screening B. Viral Identification Assays 1. DNA Polymerase Chain Reaction (DNA-PCR) 2. Plasma HIV RNA Assays III. Monitoring Tests A. Lymphocyte Analysis ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

...test, which can be "negative" for 2 to 6 months after HIV infection. (See Fact Sheet 102 for more information on HIV antibody testing.) For prognosis , viral load can help predict how long someone will stay healthy. The higher the viral load,... Read more »
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PCR Test for HIV

Posted by Anonymous
...I was exposed to HIV the first week of April. I came down with a condition my Doctor called Acute Sinusitis and Allergic Rhinitis. I feared it was Read more »

HIV PCR By RNA test

Posted by mobieorly123, 1 Reply
What's the deal with that test, its supposed to give you a positive or negative after 28 days of any kind of sexual contact, reliable test? I know esmerelda is going to call me a retarded hypocondriac so I was wondering has any actual info on that... Read more »

Hiv pcr testing?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Hi, would a hiv pcr test be best to get if you have ohl(hairy tongue on the tongue and white creamy cheeks)? I am past the 6month window period. Read more »

HIV-1 Proviral DNA by PCR test????

Posted by sadman, 2 Replies
...days past exposure. I've also read elsewhere that they actually can detect the virus after just days. Because it looks for HIV DNA not the body's immune response which takes weeks to months. I took one at 16 days post incident, did I wast my... Read more »