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Proviral DNA PCR Test--Please answer

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I had an oral sex encounter in a gay bathhouse about 6 weeks ago. We both gave each other blow jobs without a condom. I came in his mouth...he did not cum in mine.

I have been tested for all STDs (syph, chlamydia, gonnoreah, hep B, herpes, etc),... Read more »

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

Posted by sadman, 2 Replies
Hello everyone thanks for putting up with me. Its been 8 weeks since my risk and I'm more concerned then ever. I really do seem to have every symptom of ARS despite assurances risks were very slight to none existent.

That said, does anyone know... Read more »

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Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
thats why im asking here.!i had like lots of tests,what is the chances of getting through bdna,dna pcr,and various antibody checks till 12months.would i be a freak if i converted now?would it be very rare.ive been unwell,with high liver enzymes,and... Read more »

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Over 20% gay and bisexual men are living with hiv positive in the U.S. alone. Are you one of them? If you are HIV Gay or Gay men with herpes it can make you feel like you are all alone in the world. Do you wish there was a place where you didn't... Read more »

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I am getting my thoughts on who really has HIV. Does anyone have any thought on what percentage of gay men are infected? Read more »
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Does Proviral DNA PCR test detect antigens?

I have following doubts,1)Does proviral DNA PCR test detect antigens?Is it any one antigen or all antigens?2)Is it possible that over a period of infection hiv mutates so that the antigens change and so that DNA PCR cannot detect changed antigen or...
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
DNA PCR detects DNA and not antigens, which are proteins. The DNA sequence can mutate or change its composition, which can then change the structure of the protein or antigen. DNA PCR also does not detect antibodies. I have not heard of HIV DNA PCR... Read more »

ProviralDNA PCR test and hiv mutation

Thanks for answering my questions.This is a follow up question to the answer.Doctor as you have said that as the hiv mutates its DNA structure changes then will the Same DNA PCR test able to detect the virus?Also after the asymptomatic stage of...
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 DNA test will detect virus, as the area of the HIV viral sequence that is used for the test is in a highly conserved area, which is not as prone to mutations. I am not sure what you mean by third stage. Symptoms in general are much less likely,... Read more »

HIV-1 proviral DNA by PCR

This is the description of a $260 test on Private MD Labs's website. Is this a good early detection test? The company says its conclusive at 28 days. So I'm asking did I waste my $260 by taking this test at 16 days post incident? Would...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Qualitative DNA PCR is used to detect cell-associated proviral DNA. The test is not considered to be sufficiently accurate for making an HIV diagnosis without confirmation and is not FDA approved for this use. However, it can be helpful to sort... Read more »

HIV Proviral DNA by PCR Amplification

Dear Doc,Q #1: What's the accuracy of such a test at 56 days? The nurse drawing the blood used a tube w/ a yellow top that had some liquid (anticoagulant?) in it. I had read in previous messages that heparin would inhibit pcr. I mentioned...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
Please submit this question to The Bodys Viral Load and Resistance Testing Forum.... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Testing, Gay Community Involvement and Internet Use: Social and Behavioral Correlates of HIV Testing Among Australian Men Who Have Sex With Men

Among MSM in Australia, "a significant minority" have never undergone HIV testing, while many others do not test as often as recommended. The researchers used data from 1,770 HIV-negative and untested MSM collected in a national online survey to... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

Duane Reade and Gay Men's Health Crisis Partner to Provide New Yorkers with Free HIV Testing

New York, N.Y. -- Duane Reade Holdings, Inc. and Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) today announced that they have partnered to launch a new HIV testing initiative. GMHC's mobile testing unit and its outreach counselors will be stationed outside of... Read more »

Promiscuous Gay Nerd: "If You Use It, Test It!" Toward a Gay Men's Sexual Health Standard of Care

"Tell me what you want to have done," the staid-faced nurse practitioner blurted out after I sat down in her office. It wasn't exactly the friendliest way to begin a patient interaction, but it was nonetheless music to my gay ears. For six years,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What Do Gay Men Know About Human Papillomavirus? Australian Gay Men's Knowledge and Experience of Anal Cancer Screening and Human Papillomavirus

The researchers undertook the present study to learn the levels of experience and knowledge concerning anal dysplasia, anal Pap smear tests, and human papillomavirus (HPV) among gay men and other men who were homosexually active. The subjects were... Read more »