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The Role of STD Detection and Treatment in HIV Prevention

What is the link between STDs and HIV infection? How can STD treatment slow the spread of HIV infection? What are the implications for HIV prevention? Where can I get more information? References Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be an effective tool in preventing the spread of HIV , the virus that causes AIDS. An understanding of the relationship between STDs and HIV infection can help in the...
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Viral Load Results (HIV-1 RNA was not detected in this sample)

Dear Dr. Holodniy: I am confused by my most recent viral load results. In the past, they have usually said something like "HIV-1 RNA was detected in this sample at a level <50 copies/mL" but the results this time say "HIV-1 RNA was...
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
Well they appear to be getting away with stating that the viral load is zero when the FDA approved lower limit of detection is 40 copies/mL. It is possible to extrapolate results below 40 copies and come up with a number. It is extremely difficult... Read more »

PEP and RNA PCA detection

I believe I was exposed to HIV several days ago and, after discussing the details with several medical health professionals, began pep. I have begun a post exposure prophylaxis regiment of combivir and kaletra (begun 30 hours after potential...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The purpose of PEP is to abort or prevent HIV transmission. The medications used are the same antiretrovirals in the same dosages used to treat active HIV infection. PCR RNA testing should definitely not be done while on PEP. PEP could indeed... Read more »

Initial ICMA positive with Indeterminate Western Blot followed by a non-detectable HIV-1 RNA PCR test

Dr.I want to first thank you for having a forum like this. So here it goes...about a week and a half ago (Friday August 26th) I had a blood panel done with STD testing. The doctor then called me on Tuesday (August 30th) but I missed it and he left a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi.A repeatedly reactive screening HIV-antibody test (rapid test, ELISA, EIA, ICMA) plus an indeterminate Western Blot does not mean you are HIV positive! This testing pattern is "indeterminate," not "positive"! Your follow-up... Read more »

Follow up to "Initial ICMA positive with Indeterminate Western Blot followed by a non-detectable HIV-1 RNA PCR test"

Doctor,I am writing you to tell you about the events that followed my visit to the specialist after I posted the following message to you. (By the way Thank you for responding initially)Question "Dr., I want to first thank you for having a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi, Nelson.Thanks for taking the time to write back with your excellent-news follow-up report. I'm delighted my advice was both helpful and corroborated by the infectious disease specialist. WOO-HOO!!!Be well. Stay well.Dr. Bob... Read more »
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Difference between RNA-PCR and RNA-bDNA tests?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anybody know the difference between RNA-PCR and RNA-bDNA tests?

Are these tests accurate? Any false negative or false positive results? Are they worth taking to evaluate early HIV infection when possible early HIV infection symptoms are present?

I... Read more »

HIV RNA QUALITATIVE,QUALITATIVE TEST QUESTION

Posted by okki, 1 Reply
HELLO,I wonder if any of you have information about the hiv RNA qualitative test.The laboratory where i live offer this test.Ihave heard a lot of information about the HIV RNA quantitative Viral load and Hiv Dna qualitative test,but the HIV RNA... Read more »

HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV

Posted by nomoreworry4me
HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV itself (rather than antibodies or antigens) are known as PCR tests. PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction and is a common way of testing for a variety of different organisms. The overall process... Read more »

ARS symptoms means virus can be detected?

Posted by jxr
Hi...If you have ARS symptoms two weeks after an unsafe episode and these symptoms are actually a sign of HIV infection, will the PCR test be able to detect the presence of HIV in that short time frame. After all, the symptoms of fighting the... Read more »