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Polymerase Chain Reaction Test For Hiv

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Treatment Action Group

Oral Antivirals: HCV Protease and Polymerase Inhibitors

The NS3-4A serine protease enzyme and the NS5B RNA-dependent RNA polymerase enzyme are primary targets for oral antiviral agents, since both enzymes are essential for HCV replication. Unfortunately, HCV's high replication rate -- billions of copies... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Breaking the Chain: The Outlook for South African Babies With HIV Is Grim

Last year, the UN set a target of eliminating new HIV infections among children by 2015. Dr. Mitch Besser, founder of the group "mothers2mothers," has been working toward that goal in South Africa since 1999. He notes that early diagnosis and... Read more »
Body Positive

A Link in the Chain

Roughly sixty people are seated around tables in a meeting room at the Family Life and Conference Center in Harlem. It is early June, and they are listening intently as Reggie Miller, who is the Director of Education and Outreach at Harlem... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Viral Load/HIV type 1,2 cross reactions and viral mutations

You guys have a great informative site here. The best one on the web. Keep up the good work. I was wondering if you could tell me if a viral load, pcr, elisa, or wb Hiv test would react if someone were infected with type hiv 2 type virus. I had...
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 assays are constantly updated. So they take into account changes that the virus is undergoing. HIV-1 Viral load, PCR and WB would not react if HIV-2 infection were present. Rarely, HIV-1 ELISA tests have been positive when HIV-2 were present.... Read more »

Using Polymerase to Combat Infection?

I have been told that there aren't many t-4 receptors in the human body. If the genetic code for ~only~ the t-4 receptor could be isolated, couldn't PCR replicate the receptor? What I'm wondering is this -- couldn't infected...
Rick Stryker, M.D., M.P.H.

Response from Rick Stryker, M.D., M.P.H.

University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine
Interesting thought, that perhaps one could "mimic" the process of HIV binding to T-4 (AKA CD4+ or helper cells)and trick the virus into releasing its deadly package of instructions (RNA) harmlessly into some non-infectious state.... Read more »

RT/enzyme test: could it mean a good VL test for all strains of HIV 1 and HIV 2?

Dr. Holodniy,In a recent answer, you discussed research into tests that look for the RT enzyme (versus current PCR RNA tests) - if this different testing method for RT/enzymes proves valid, does that mean that - for the first time - there will be...
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
I guess we'll just have to see the data from large studies with different subtypes to answer your questions.... Read more »


Dr Brook, to one of your answers dated 28 October 2001, DNA PCR Test while Pregnant you said that the HIV RNA test is more sensitive than the HIV DNA PCR test for detecting early infection if you are not taking antiretrovirals. Now does this mean...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Once an adult individual is infected with HIV and is antibody positive, the use of antiretrovirals for treatment will not cause the ELISA test for HIV antibody to become negative. BJ... Read more »
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I am a link in a chain of sick people...

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
I am a link in a chain of sick people, all connected sexually. We are all clinically undiagnosed. Personally, I am extremely ill(with tumors popping up all over my body).

We are definitely carrying something. Its definitely an undiagnosed sexually... Read more »

HIV Testing

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am still reading a lot about HIV testing and home tests and PCR tests and DNA test this symptom, that symptom and so on and so on. Where are people getting all of these tests??? Where is all the missinformation people seem to come up with coming... Read more »

how accurate is hiv dna test

Posted by gpboy, 1 Reply
i have given hiv dna pcr test on 9th day after probable exposure.

i am waiting for the results in next two days. can any one say how much i can trust this test results? 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. Last negative was Jan 01. Last exposure was June 2000. Thanks and God Bless.

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