Rapid Hiv Antibody Testing Location

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...body's reaction to the virus -- the presence of antibodies to HIV. ELISA The ELISA (also sometimes called EIA) is often used as the first screening tool. It is inexpensive and very sensitive for detecting the presence of HIV antibodies. In most cases, a blood sample is tested, but other types of ELISAs that use saliva and urine have also been developed. The actual ELISA takes 3.5 to 4 hours, but most test sites send samples to outside...
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Dr. Bob, should I test again?

Hi Dr BOB, I made a donation and asked a coule of long questions and after re-reading my post realized why you migh not have answered my question.So I wanted to ask in this manner:Im a straight male, non drug user and the last time I had...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...virus circulating in the blood is relatively small, we are not measuring it directly but rather indirectly by assaying for anti-HIV antibodies. These are the immune system's response to being invaded by HIV. It's a more complex concept than most... Read more »

inquiry about Rapid Tridot Test

Sir,My frined's son has been tested HIV + by his employer in the middel east and is being deported back. We have been advised by our general physician to get Tridot test done. Please explain what is this Tridot Test and where in Mumbai should we get...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...some information from an excellent friend of mine that concerns where to get accurate HIV screening performed in Mumbai. If the HIV antibody test is positive, you should consult an HIV specialist. If your son is returning home, he definitely... Read more »

Why do you recomend one thing for one person but another thing for another person

Hey Doctor just a quick question. In cases where possible transmission are very rare you say "just go have a simple rapid test done at the three month mark." I don't disagree with this. However, with people who have definent exposures you don't say...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Initial HIV screening can be done by any type of HIV-antibody assay, including rapid tests, ELISA, EIA, etc. However, rapidtesting may not be available in all locations worldwide. I try to tailor my response to the individual questioner.... Read more »

Pregnant with preliminary positive result (UPDATE)

I would like to thank you for giving me some hope during a very stressful week. I am 3 months pregnant and my Elisa Test came reactive. However, I went to do a Western Blot test and the result came as Non-reactive one week later. Needless to say, it...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...screening test continues to be positive, consider either getting a qualitative PCR DNA test (these tests do not rely on anti-HIV antibodies) or seeing an HIV specialist to help sort out your true HIV status. Certainly, with previous negative HIV... Read more »
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...been infected, your immune system will make antibodies against HIV. The most common HIV tests look for these antibodies. The HIV antibody test (called ELISA or EIA) is one of the most reliable medical tests. It can be done on blood, mouth swab,... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About HIV/AIDS

...should I be tested for HIV? The time it takes for a person who has been infected with HIV to seroconvert (test positive) for HIV antibodies is commonly called the "Window Period". Recent studies show that a test taken at least 12 weeks (3... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rapid HIV Tests: Questions/Answers

... What has been the routine test for HIV antibodytesting? The standard screening test for antibody to HIV is the enzyme immunoasssay (EIA), which iswidely used in the United Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

General and Laboratory Considerations: Rapid HIV Tests Currently Available in the United States

...directly from the OraQuick device. If 1 reddish band appears at the control (C) location the test result is negative for HIV antibodies. If 2 reddish bands appear, one at the control (C) location and one at the test (T) location, the test... Read more »
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4th Generation HIV Test

Posted by Trophy
...occurred. For the diagnosis to be correct, however, detection depends on the use of tests that are effective in identifying HIV antibodies, and not antibodies directed to other infectious agents that may be antigenically similar. Antigens used in... Read more »

RNA testing,

Posted by nomoreworry4me
...testing requires a blood sample. Finger stick or rapid versions are not yet available. Can you get an RNA test along with a rapidHIV antibody test? Yes. After the rapid test, you will have to give a blood sample for RNA testing. If actual HIV... Read more »

Hiv 1/2 reliability vs Hiv-2 stand alone test ?

Posted by SRCHFRANS34, 1 Reply
Does anyone know the % of accuracy for Hiv-2 antibody detection with current Elisa 1/2 antibody tests ? Some of the 4-5 year old posted answers in the archives say 70% accuracy for Hiv-2 , has that changed with today's 1/2 tests ? I'm Finding a... Read more »

Symptoms vs. testing history - what should I do?

Posted by Tryin2BRational, 3 Replies
...the 8, 12, 15, 18, 25, 27, 29, 34, and 43 week mark) at a local HIV clinic ? all non-reactive/negative ? Orasure Oral swab HIV Antibody test at the week 25 mark ? non-reactive/negative ? Blood draw HIV ELISA test by my GP (Quest), private... Read more »