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Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination

Sharing Vibrators And Dna Pcr Testing

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Get the Facts
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

... ELISA Western Blot (WB) Assay Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) Window Period Interpretation of Test Results Accuracy of Antibody Tests Anonymous HIV Testing Confidential HIV Testing HIV Name-Based Reporting Partner Notification Orasure Test for HIV Rapid Tests for HIV Home HIV Antibody Tests Urine Test for HIV RNA...
Ask the Experts

HCV positive testing

Hi Doctor,My HIV positive husband tested positive for HCV last summer (2009) during a checkup of his HIV numbers. Subsequent re-testing (both PCR and I assume Elisa based) tests were negative. During this positive test, he had an active syfilis...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...studied. For example, among blood donors there are a few percentage of people who may test positive by antibody. But confirmatory testing with a specific test called RIBA will show that they are truly negative. The chance of a false positive test... Read more »

Want to share this video on HIV and AIDS research (AIDS DENIALISTS, 2010)

I Doctor. I watched this video and wanted to pass it on to you so if you ever get the time to watch it, perhaps you can give your opinions on it. This research Virologist I believe is his expert field in the 1980-90's, suggested then that HIV exists...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...lie that hiv has never been seen under EM as is stated in this article about how the virus through rna pcr is detected and in testing antibodies to the virus. Here is the website, so that you can research it. Please let us know what you think, as... Read more »

Confusion about New York State Testing website

Dear Dr. Bob,With all of the disinformation circulating on the web, you are a godsend.I live in New York and I had a very low risk exposure (protected oral with a high risk person) and I was considering getting tested (even though a Doctor I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...chalupa. So let's set the record straight (well gaily accurate anyway).1.While it is true that improvements to HIV-antibody testing have allowed for earlier, more accurate diagnosis of HIV-positive folks, the published guidelines still use three... Read more »

DNA PCR - A Confirmatory Test?

Dr. Holodniy, is a Qualitative DNA PCR considered to be a confirming diagnostic test? If so, who considers it to be confirmatory - the medical community? the FDA? Also, one other question - if one receives a result of "detected", should one repeat...
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
...Medical community. There are certainly false positives with every test. In studies done in people with HIV antibodies present, DNA PCR is nearly 100% reliable and concordant with the antibody tests. It's a little less reliable in true negatives.MH Read more »
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Diagnostic, Monitoring and Resistance Laboratory Tests for HIV

...Assays 2. HIV-1 Confirmatory Antibody Assays 3. HIV-2 Antibody Screening B. Viral Identification Assays 1. DNA Polymerase Chain Reaction (DNA-PCR) 2. Plasma HIV RNA Assays III. Monitoring Tests A. Lymphocyte Analysis ... 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 »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...communication). HIV can be detected in virtually everyone with AIDS. Recently developed sensitive testing methods, including the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and improved culture techniques, have enabled researchers to find HIV in patients... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

...test, which can be "negative" for 2 to 6 months after HIV infection. (See Fact Sheet 102 for more information on HIV antibody testing.) For prognosis , viral load can help predict how long someone will stay healthy. The higher the viral load,... Read more »
Connect With Others

Another link to share:

Posted by PVS, 1 Reply
...testing. However, there are also tests that diagnose HIV infection by detecting certain parts of the genetic material of HIV. PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests are used to diagnose HIV infection in infants. Viral culture may also be performed... Read more »

Just wanted to share this..

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...HIV worrier for over 2 months now since I started displaying weird ongoing symptoms. All my exposures were over 5 years ago. Tested neg 2 times last month on ELISA at different labs, plus my husband also tested neg. I'm thinking maybe to have a... Read more »

Yet another PCR DNA question!!

Posted by needhelp02, 1 Reply
...I have read it reads mononuclear cells. Which exactly are those? Also, has anyone ever actually used this test before and tested positive with it? Thanks for the help. Maybe this information could be useful to other people as well. Read more »

What do you think: PCR + ELISA?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I have 4 weeks since my heterosexual unsafe exposure today and I took two tests: DNA PCR and ELISA. What do you think guys of the reliability of these tests together at this time? I also red that PCR test can give Read more »