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Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination

Scratching Someone And Dna Pcr Testing

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I bled while inside her

Dear Dr. Bob, Thank you for the amazing work you do for so many people. I would be grateful if you could answer a Q: I slept with a woman in early May and - either due to a scratch on the tip of my penis or prostatitis - bled while inside her. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...penis" and "prostatitis" are two extremely different conditions -- one very visible and the other, not.Regarding qualitative HIV PCR DNA tests, these tests are not FDA approved for HIV diagnosis (although they can be useful in sorting out... Read more »

Pure Panic...Obsessive Testing..HELP

Thank you for all that you do. I hope that I end up being one of the WW's!I had a low risk... Read more »

Drunk as can be!!

I went to this gay bar with some friends. (I'm a straight woman) One of our friends has HIV and I... Read more »
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 »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...AIDS Hotlines. Some individuals, perhaps wanting results without waiting for the window period, may be curious about a PCR or other types of viral load (RNA) testing (testing directly for the virus itself). Viral load testing is generally... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Hello, I was kindly wondering if anyone could give an opinion on a negative PCR DNA Qualitative test at 32 days? Can I breath easier? I had a low risk scratch with an instrument that scratched someone who Read more »

PCR at >30 days

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Dear Group: What is the consensus here about the negative value of a Proviral PCR DNA, not RNA, test after a month? I'm not the same person who posted to pcr or not to pcr. I'm a volunteer that had a light skin Read more »

Symptoms vs. testing history - what should I do?

Posted by Tryin2BRational, 3 Replies
...(Quest), private service (Labcorp), and local HIV clinic (at the 19, 23, and 25 week mark) ? all non-reactive/negative ? HIV/DNA by PCR test by a private company (Labcorp) at the 23 week mark ? non-detected ? HIV/RNA by PCR by local HIV clinic at... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Would most of you fell confident with a "not detected" PCR DNA Qualitative (not RNA) test at 5 weeks, if you had a real exposure to someone who had AIDS. A friend who is PWA was showing Read more »