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HIV levels in sperm

Is it true that HIV levels are often (or usually?) greater in sperm than in blood? If so, do they do ELISA and PCR tests on sperm when HIV is suspected and tests on cells and plasma negative? Are there rare cases where HIV can be found in the sperm,...
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
HIV levels are usually lower in semen (rather seminal fluid) than in blood. Semen is usually not tested for HIV infection. Read more »

Hiv in aspermatic sperm? - NOT in the archives!

Hello,Here I am. Yet another Aussie. We will soon take over your site...WOW. I think I've found a... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Couples With Mixed HIV Status show up on the test. The viral load test measures virus in the blood. It doesn't tell you about virus in sexual fluids (sperm or vaginal fluids.) The viral load test result was for when your sample was taken, not today. Viral load can... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

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 Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Pregnancy and HIV

...mother's blood. An HIV-infected father can transmit HIV to his wife and to their child. To reduce this risk, some couples have used sperm washing and artificial insemination. How Can We Prevent Infection of Newborns? What if the father is... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...keep the semen inside. Gently pull the condom out and throw it away. Nonoxynol-9 Nonoxynol-9 is a chemical that kills sperm (a spermicide). It can help prevent pregnancy when it is used in the vagina along with condoms or other birth... Read more »
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Indeterminate west blot

Posted by Cliff, 1 Reply
...both tested negative. The first live ivf cycle failed and in April we transferred two of our frozen. The embryos are ours (my sperm, her eggs). We hit pay dirt and she is pregnant. Last week we met with our OBGYN for the first time since being... Read more »

HIV Sperm Washing Clinics in the US

Posted by RayWill, 1 Reply
...fertilization clinics in the southeastern United States (i.e. Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, etc.) who offer sperm washing for HIV serodiscordant couples? Read more »

Re: Pls advice me!

Posted by elisa101, 1 Reply
...really wet. like a v-shape. bot sure whether she actually peed or cum. when i woke up, the condom was still on my penis, no sperm seen. checked the condom, flowed water in it...and it did not leak. my recent elisa test was on the 18/2/08. was... Read more »

Anyone thinking of taking a PCR please read!

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...Many people on this site debate the use of PCR testing vs antibody testing. The following case proves why one must use ELISA/antibody testing vs PCR testing to prove their status (I found it on John's Hopkins AIDS Service): Question: "I have a... Read more »