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HIV Testing

... Why Should You Get Tested for HIV? What Are HIV Antibody Tests? ELISA Western Blot (WB) Assay Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) Window Period Interpretation of Test Results Accuracy
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saliva and hiv

Hi, Can you get infacted with open mouth kissing(this happened in july)? i'm terrified and got tested 2 times with 2 positive elisa and 2negative WB then did PCR DNA test that came back negative. I dont know how to read lab results. Should i...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,A reactive (positive) ELISA and a negative Western Blot (WB) combined is considered to be a negative HIV screening test. So you've now had two negative HIV screening tests. This is to be expected, because kissing is not considered a significant... Read more »

DNA PCR 30 Days after PEP

Hi Dr Bob,I have been following your forum closely since my exposure and dont have a specific answer to my question. I "accidentally" had unprotected sex with a stripper. I would up getting moluscum and probably Herpes. (I have had recurrent genetal...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...misunderstood or chosen not to follow the very consistent advice that I have been offering to those with cases similar to yours.HIV RNA PCR (viral load) testing is generally not recommended for HIV diagnosis and very specifically not recommended... Read more »

PEP, 5 week Test and Possible RNA Test (Follow Up)

Dr BobIts me the straight red state native turned LGBT supporter!OK, I took Truvada alone as a PEP for about two weeks before giving up on it (due to side affects). It has been 36 days since my "risky exposure". Here are my questions for your...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...the potential consequences!On to your questions:1.No.2.It's encouraging, but not definitive or conclusive.3.The problem with PCR (DNA or RNA) testing is primarily the rate of false positives (as opposed to false negatives). PCR testing is not... Read more »

HIV saliva hometest versus HIV ELISA test

Case StudyTwenty-two countries participated in the studies herin referenced. A total 0f 3,867 patients and/or subjects were tested and reported. Paired specimens of serum and saliva were tested. The serum specimens were tested whether or not they...
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
Great summary. Wrong conclusions. Why don't you calculate the false positive and false negative rates for all the tests you cite and then explain why they are bad screening tests.MH Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

...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... Read more »
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 »
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HIV Testing

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Oral Sex with Call Girl

Posted by sbud555, 2 Replies
...who said we did not have sex and mentioned she was clean(if can trust). Also not sure if ejaculated or not. I am way over tested but have a lot riding on this with my family, and have a lot of anxiety, so each test has helped a little in the... Read more »

Flipping out. Sick of reading about symptoms...

Posted by countingdays, 1 Reply
...from 1-6 weeks!). Negative chlam and gon tests. Doc gave me something to help with the anxiety, too. I am now considering a PCR DNA test (complete with risk of false positives) just to feel that I'm doing something proactive. This has got to... Read more »

Which way to test?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...deal...anxiety is killing me. Low-risk encounter. French kissing with stripper (yeah, it's me again!). I cannot wait 12 weeks to get tested. Which of the two options below are best? 1. Blood donation @4 weeks. I understand they use very... Read more »

Kind of dumb question about test names

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...are some of them called by different names or short/long names? I mean, I've run across (at least as far as viral): NAT p24 PCR RNA DNA bDNA Then, there's the antibody test, which it seems the only question is which generation it is, and when... Read more »