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Rare Hiv Strain Undetected On Tests

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Hello Ryan, thanks for all the insight. You do a valuable service! There seems to be a lot of worry on this forum regarding rare strains of HIV to include HIV-2 as well as the O & N strain of HIV-1. Wouldn't it be safe to say that if ALL...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Yes, there is a lot of worry on this site about strains of HIV that might be undetectable by standard antibody or viral tests on the market. Understandably so. After reading some of the following information, I hope that people's fears will... Read more »

New rare HIV strain test

Dear Dr.Thank you for answering my question.I totally agree with your opinion that any HIV can be... Read more »

i got diagnosed with a rare strain of hiv

I can't get meds can't get a readable viral load I tested on all HIV test how do I fight... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Experts Continue to Question Implications of Detection of Rare, Drug-Resistant HIV Strain

Some HIV/AIDS experts have "questioned why such an uproar has emerged" over the detection of a rare, drug-resistant HIV strain and expressed concern that the public health alert issued in New York City last week might have been "premature," the Los... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report Summarizes Opinion Pieces in Response to Detection of Rare, Drug-Resistant HIV Strain

Officials from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Feb. 11 announced they had detected in a local man a rare strain of HIV that is resistant to most antiretroviral drugs and possibly causes a rapid onset of AIDS. The city... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

KNOW HIV/AIDS Campaign Considers Reworking Its Messages After Discovery of Rare HIV Strain

The " KNOW HIV/AIDS " awareness campaign is "weighing changes" to its messages following last week's announcement of the detection of a rare, drug-resistant HIV strain, which illustrates the disease "remains an elusive and dangerous enemy," the ... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Different HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategies Being Debated After Detection of Rare, Drug-Resistant HIV Strain

Following New York City health officials' announcement last week that they have detected a rare, drug-resistant HIV strain, HIV/AIDS experts and advocates are examining different prevention strategies, some calling for a "renewed commitment to... Read more »
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Advice on expert about testing on rare HIV strains.

Posted by Vasyl, 1 Reply
Could someone from old inhabitants give an advice to which site expert can I address my question?

It is about testing for rare strains and groups.

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Rare Strain???

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
What is your opinion? Following intercourse (unprotected insertive vaginal) with a sex worker in the Philippines in July, 2002 I experiences a flu-like illness 3 weeks later. Most symptoms subsided in a week or so, some lasted a longer. ... Read more »

Rear undetectable strain, group, CRFs - false negative

Posted by Vasyl, 2 Replies

I read a lot of literature about HIV after my indecent.
Now I made a conclusion I'm infected with some rear HIV strain/group/CRF which tests can't detect.
If you read my story you'll probably see there are too many facts which lead to this... Read more »

What about rare strain/CRF's?

Posted by john00
Making it short. I have been with multiple ASIAN women over the past few years. The last was in September of '09. I have tested out to 36 weeks with a negative antibody, PCR-DNA, and rapid tests. Most recently PCR DNA was at 6 months, last rapid... Read more »