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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Role of STD Detection and Treatment in HIV Prevention

...link between STDs and HIV infection? How can STD treatment slow the spread of HIV infection? What are the implications for HIV prevention? Where can I get more information? References Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be an effective tool in preventing the spread of HIV , the virus that causes AIDS. An understanding of the relationship between STDs and HIV infection can help in the development...
Ask the Experts

what is castleman's (CASTLEMAN'S DISEASE)

I was diagnosed with castleman's disease in 2007 and told they do not know what type i have and there is no treatments for this disease. I want to know how i can find out what kind of treatments are available.
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...establishing the diagnosis of relapse, in the way that we spend six months establishing the initial diagnosis.Is Castleman's disease sexually transmitted?The transmission of the virus, Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus, between individuals, is an area... Read more »

Is My result encouraging at 28days with these Test?

I am based in South Africa. I had a sexual exposure on the 8th October 2010 and after 2 weeks on the 22nd October, I found out that the girl was HIV positive, I told a doctor who said it was late for PEP but he was still placing me on the PEP. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...placed yourself at risk for HIV, you need to be HIV tested. An HIV-antibody test taken outside the window period remains the gold standard. You can read much more about HIV-diagnostic testing and related issues in the archives of this forum.Good... Read more »

castlemans disease

my son is hiv pos. and he has castlemans disease with kaposi sarcoma.can the virus be spread through kissing from the saliva?ihave grandchildren who he makes a fuss off.should i be concerned?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...establishing the diagnosis of relapse, in the way that we spend six months establishing the initial diagnosis. Is Castleman's disease sexually transmitted? The transmission of the virus, Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus, between individuals, is an... Read more »

dna pcr test

Hi Dr. Bob,I know that antibody testing is the "gold standard" of testing, but for who people who have a antibody producing deficiency would the HIV DNA PCR test be an acceptable test to use? I know that in some cases there may not be enough...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...more difficult and costly to perform. All things considered, the HIV-antibody test taken outside the window period remains the gold standard for HIV diagnostic testing, at least for now.PCR/nucleic acid testing can be very helpful in diagnosing... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cook County, Ill., Ranks High in Sexually Transmitted Disease: STD Treatment Costs U.S. Health Care System $16.4 Billion a Year

... New CDC figures show the United States logs 19 million new STD cases each year. Less than half the people who should be screened receive the recommended STD tests, CDC said. If left undiagnosed Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

How Do You Talk To Your Partners About HIV/AIDS and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)?

...There is no easy answer concerning how to talk to a partner about HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Although many people find it easy tohave sex, they find it extremely difficult to talk about it. So how does onebegin? The Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Diagnoses and Mental Health Disparities Among Women Who Have Sex With Women Screened at an Urban Community Health Center, Boston, Mass., 2007

...have sex with men only (WSM)," the authors wrote. However, there is limited research on these indicators in conjunction with STDs and WSW sexual health. From July to December 2007, a retrospective chart review was performed on all female... Read more »
U.S. Public Health Service's Office on Women's Health

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) -- Overview

... What Is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)? How Many People Have STDs? How Do You Get an STD? What Are the Symptoms of STDs? How Do You Get Tested for STDs? Read more »
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Skeptical about window period

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...common antigens like molds and yeasts). I am HIV-negative by ELISA, and negative by PCR (which I distrust because it's not a "gold standard" diagnostic test). I am NOT making any of this up, and at this point I'm SICK TO DEATH of doctors... Read more »

I went to the ID doctor!

Posted by vivo, 1 Reply
...said that i dont have swollen lymph nodes,i dont have any symptoms now. I told him that i didnt notice anything about other STD,he said that i dont have to test for another STD only HIV for peace of mind. But my concern is when he said that i... Read more »

hiv is a myth?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Its just an illusionearly on when we were working in collaboration with Abbott Laboratories, it was clear that there was no gold standard for HIVno direct isolation of the virus. Nobody has ever demonstrated that HIV is present when any... Read more »

Great info on Testing

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
http://www.glccftl.org/library/hivaids/hivtesting.html Read more »