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Rapid Hiv Testing And Asian Hiv Sub Types

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HIV Resistance Testing

What Is Resistance? HIV is "resistant" to a drug if it keeps multiplying rapidly while you are taking the drug. Changes (mutations) in the virus cause resistance. HIV mutates almost every time a new copy is made. Not every mutation causes resistance. The "wild type" virus is the most common form of HIV. Anything different from the wild type is considered a mutation. An antiretroviral drug (ARV) won't control a virus that is resistant to it....
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Asian HIV, c'mom Doc, please answer this time!

Hi Dr. Bob. I am 30 year old Canadian male on an expat assignment in Malaysia. Your site, and your personal responses are the only thing right now that make me feel like I have a fighting chance NOT to have contracted HIV. Here's my scenario,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Ah yes, the Canadian Ex-Pat on assignment in Malaysia who got way too drunk and played a game of Russian roulette unprotected insertive vaginal sex and cunnilingus with a female who could have been a sex-changed male Thai... Read more »

HIV Rapid Test Kit Question -- Donation Given to your Aids Foundation

Hello Dr. Bob, Sorry for the repititious question today, as I have not received an answer yet so I thought of donating to your Aids Foundation.I have ordered an HIV rapid test kit. As I am in a remote area right now, I had to get a HIV rapid test...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Your fears are unwarranted. It is absolutely impossible to contract HIV from any type of HIV diagnostic test! (They would be far too dangerous to ever be approved!)Antigens are circulating proteins that combine in a lock-and-key-type reaction... Read more »

How safe are HIV rapid tests?

Dear Doctor Bob,I want to confirm how completely safe HIV rapid test kits are.The HIV rapid test kit I used is a immunochromatographic assay that uses recombinant proteins as the HIV antigen of HIV 1&2 which is planted on the sample pad. The way...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,You want to confirm how completely safe rapid HIV test kits are?? OK, consider it Dr. Bob certified "confirmed". They and all other HIV testing assays are 100% completely risk free. Period. End of story. Next question!Dr. BobHIV Rapid... Read more »

Positive Elisa, Indeterminate Western Blot, Negative Rapid Test HIV test was indeterminate?(INDETERMINATE HIV TESTS, 2009) (PREGNANCY, 2009)

Hi, Doctor - Around 2 weeks ago during my annual OBGYN appointment, I received a HIV test. The Elisa came back repeatedly positive and the Western Blot was indeterminate with traces of P24. Freaking out, I then went to my local health clinic 4 days...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,You are most likely HIV negative. See below.Dr. BobHIV test was indeterminate?(INDETERMINATE HIV TESTS, 2009) (PREGNANCY, 2009)Feb 21, 2009 Hi, I have been sexually active for over two years now. I got tested two years ago and it came back... Read more »
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Types of test?

Posted by T_BOOGIE, 3 Replies
Does the type of test you take really make a difference, like besides the rapid test. I dont know what kind of test i took but the last one i took was negative. Does the type of test make that big of a difference? Read more »

Asians: let's clear this up.

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I have seen one or two people asking if the seroconversion time is different for Asians. I think the confusion might be due to some Asian countries' ultra-conservative "window periods." Whether they still use less sensitive tests, or just haven't... Read more »

What generaton is a rapid hiv test?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone know what generaton a rapid hiv test is? I think it is third but I am not positive.


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USAID AND WHO Approved Rapid Hiv 1/2 test - POC

Posted by happyfrog, 1 Reply
Has anyone have any information in the following test:

icare Anti hiv test 1/2 Rapid Made in singapore/

It is USAID and WHO approved? Read more »