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Smoking After Someone And Dna Pcr Testing

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Viral Load Tests

..."Blips" What Do the Numbers Mean? Are There Problems With the Viral Load Test? What Is Viral 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 reaction marks the virus. The markers are measured and used to calculate the amount of virus....
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Marijuana, tobacco, and delayed seroconversion

Dear Dr. Bob, 102 days ago i engaged in giving unprotected cunninglus and receiving unprotected fellatio from a prostitute I met online. since then I have tested to 101 days negative through numerous oral swabs, finger pricks, and a 12 week HIV...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...way. No how.5. Absolutely not. Dude, you've had more than 25 negative HIV-antibody tests and an undetectable qualitative HIV PCR DNA. Exactly what part of HIV negative are you having difficulty understanding.Stop testing. Stop worrying. Start... Read more »

Mulder says the wooohooo is out there

I first want to say that you are an amazing individual. How you stay in such good spirits with all that you have been through (and still are experiencing), says a tremendous amount about your character. Also, how you support and give advice to us...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello Smoking Man's Nephew,Based on your negative Home Access test at 107 days, you are indeed Dr. Bob-certified WOO-HOOable. By the way, Agent Read more »

Can I trust my tests? please help me.

I am in a 3 year relationship and we are faithful and getting married. About 6 or 7 weeks ago I was at a bar with a friend and I had just gotten my lips pierced 9 days prior. While we were at the bar he started kissing me in an DEEP, DEEP open...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...mark.2.Continue to work with your therapist to confront and conquer your unwarranted HIV fears.3.Stay away from cigarettes. Smoking can and will kill you in a very painful and undignified fashion.4.As of your final question: "How do you ever know... Read more »

$1000 donation if you answer HCV-EIA test result of value of 0.2 s/co ratio.

Dear Sir, Please help me find peace. Will donate $1000 for such a noble cause.I have already spent enough money on testing. I have reading lot of webpages, but cannot find a conclusive answer. I had about 10 partners before august 2004....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV.5.Yes.6.No, I see absolutely no reason for you to do any additional tests for hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.I urge you to stop testing. Your tests are absolutely definitive and conclusive. You do not have hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV. No... 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 »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

You Can Have a Healthy Pregnancy if You Are HIV Positive

...therapy during pregnancy. How Will You Know Whether Your Baby Is HIV Positive? In most regions of Canada, tests such as PCR (polymerase chain reaction), which look for virus in the blood, are used as a rapid and very accurate way of finding out... Read more »
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FAQs About HIV Testing From's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...negative test results, even though I keep experiencing symptoms? Is there a difference between six months and 24 weeks? I tested negative five and a half months after possible exposure, but I'm going to take another test. What are the... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Smoking and HIV

... Why Is Smoking More Dangerous for People With HIV? What Are the Risks of Smoking? How Do I Quit Smoking? The Bottom Line For More Information Read more »
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Posted by bura, 2 Replies
...i know of, it will be rare for a second false positive. so if the next result is positive, then basically i just need to get tested with the elisa until i am positive? Now, after reading pinky's post....i am more afraid. she says after 12 months... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Does anyone recommend the DNA PCR test i.e. the test that looks for HIV directly rather than HIV antibodies. Does anyone have any experience of this test and Read more »

What do you think of DNA PCR tests?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Is it wise to get a DNA PCR test done. Does anyone have any experience with this? I called a web site that offers this service and they say that this test Read more »

False Positive?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Does anyone know if marijuana could cause a false positive test result (specifically for an HIV DNA by PCR)? I smoked a lot about five days prior to my test. Also, I am on an antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication called Effexor (150 Read more »