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AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

..."Blips" What Do the Numbers Mean? Are There Problems With the Viral Load Test? What Is Viral 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 reaction marks the virus. The markers are measured and used to calculate the amount of virus....
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possible HIV/HCV coinfection after sex during menustration?

Hello Dr. Bob. Please take the time to look at my question. On 12/5/07 I had protected sex with a CSW of unknown HIV status. When I finished i noticed that there was some blood on my pubic hair and pelvis area (perhaps due to menustration). I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,1.I can't tell from your post what type of hepatitis C screening you had, but I would assume it most likely was conclusive.2.Your seven-month negative HIV test is definitive, conclusive and reliable. You are HIV negative. Stop worrying and start... Read more »

HIV DNA PCR POSSITIVE (ANOTHER FALSE POSITIVE PCR TEST, 2010)

Having a sex contact with a sexs worker(-protected vaginal-unprotected oral) and because of my anxiety reading of the risk of getting the disease,even if its a low risk, ihad cause i couldn wait an DNA PCR at 6 weeks on a lab. The result came back...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,As I have frequently stated in this forum, PCR testing should not be used for routine HIV diagnostic screening, due to the rate of false-positive results, technical considerations Read more »

Hiv Dna Pcr Possitive -Results (ANOTHER FALSE POSITIVE PCR TEST, 2010)

Dear DoctorThank u so much for your response.It means a lot to me during all this devastating anxiety that i m on..I finally had the 13 week(90days)4th generation test at the hospital and result NEGATIVE..I feel so much relief from that result but i...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...elsewhere for your 15 minutes of fame!)I was impressed to read that the "chief laboratorian" has decided not to routinely offer PCR tests for HIV diagnosis due to the rate of false positives! You are a perfect example of what can happen to... Read more »

HIV by eating a pubic hair?

I was out eating at a diner and took a bite of my crepe when I felt something odd in my mouth and took it out to only find a pubic hair. Can HIV be passed this way?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,I'm really curious how you knew the hair in your crepe was actually a pubic hair! Oh never mind. It really doesn't matter, because even if it were a pubic hear, your HIV risk would be nonexistent. Dr. Bob Read more »
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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 »
The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...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... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...AIDS Hotlines. Some individuals, perhaps wanting results without waiting for the window period, may be curious about a PCR or other types of viral load (RNA) testing (testing directly for the virus itself). Viral load testing is generally... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

... What Is HIV Testing? How Do I Get Tested? Who Should Get Tested? When Should I Get Tested? Do Any Tests Work Sooner After Infection? What Does It Mean if I Test Read more »
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DNA PCR Test

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Does anyone recommend the DNA PCR test i.e. the test that looks for HIV directly rather than HIV antibodies. Does anyone have any experience of this test and Read more »

What do you think of DNA PCR tests?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Is it wise to get a DNA PCR test done. Does anyone have any experience with this? I called a web site that offers this service and they say that this test Read more »

white pubic hairs

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Hello, recently some of my pubic hairs seem to have a white coating on them. Like, the hair is dead or something. It seems to grow with the follice as well. I've Read more »

DNA PCR Vs Viral Load test

Posted by sunkyst, 1 Reply
...Does anyone know the difference between a HIV DNA PCR test versus a viral load test that's performed on someone already confirmed positive, obviously one is about detecting the virus Read more »