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Swallowing Blood And Dna Pcr Testing

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The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

... Lab Tests Are Important Tools The Basics Complete Blood Count (CBC) Blood Chemistry (Chemistry or Chem Screens) The Bottom Line Lab Tests Are Important Tools Having regular lab tests is a necessary part of good health care. Lab testsare important tools that help you
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question to on a potential exposure, quick donation

Hello doctor, please help me. I am very worried and scared. I had oral sex with a sex worker on Feb 10th in Dubai. I am not curcumsiced. She licked/sucked my penis twice and and spitted on the tip of the penis and then applied condom and gave me...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,The HIV-acquisition risk associated with insertive oral sex is extremely low. Your fears are unwarranted. Your testing to date is encouraging and highly excessive. All you need, if you are concerned about your extremely low risk for HIV, is... Read more »


Hi Dr. Bob,Recently I took a Home Access Hiv Antibody Test. I came out negative but I just had a quick question. Six days prior to the test I started taking Azithromycin for the flu. Would the Azithromycin affect the outcome of my HIV test? In...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...15, 2009 I asked a question yesterday regarding possible exposure and testing but left one fact out. I have chronic Hep B (get blood tested every 6 months). Does this impact HIV testing at all? If I'm infected with HIV, will this elevate my Hep B... Read more »

ARS Follow Up - How is it looking?

Hey Doc.I wanted to follow up again with an update and hoping you can shed some more light regarding my story below. It's been almost 5 weeks now since my possible exposure. Because of the anxiety and anguish I couldn't wait until the 3 month mark...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...negative HIV-antibody test at 4.5 weeks is very encouraging but not definitive or conclusive. As I mentioned previously, PCR testing (DNA or RNA) is not recommended for routine HIV screening, due to the rate of false positives, other technical... Read more »

Please help me -- 7 year indeterminate

HelloYou gave me much ease years ago when I emailed you about an indeterminate test with ONLY a p51 band and low risk. I hadn't had unprotected sex in 3 years .. and had minimal contact unprotected sex ONCE a few weeks before I gave blood and got...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...are straightforward. Unprotected sex does place you at some degree of risk for STDs, including HIV. An indeterminate test at a blood donation center is not at all uncommon. These sites are not designed to be HIV-diagnostic sites, but rather to... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

...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... 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 »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Updated Interim Recommendations for the Use of Antiviral Medications in the Treatment and Prevention of Influenza for the 2009-2010 Season

...than 48 hours after the onset of illness. Definitive testing for 2009 H1N1 requires real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) or viral culture. These tests should be prioritized for... 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 »
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3 weeks after possible exposure / HELP!

Posted by datguy, 3 Replies
Need an expert opinion please!!! Having a tough, tough time and can't get straight answers. Had protected vaginal sex with a female of unknown std status, but during sex the condom broke and there was 2-3 mins before I noticed and stopped. 3... Read more »

Please help me, i am DESPERATE!!!!!

Posted by snake, 2 Replies
...and bloating, i went to the doctor who prescribed me flagyl and bactrim, had a little fatigue and shortness of breath with low blood pressure and tachycardia, yesterday, but i dont know if that is a side effects of the antibiotics, very itcy... Read more »

HIV Antibody Testing

Posted by sunkyst, 3 Replies
...Does anyone know why HIV antibody tests are done, rather than just directly checking for the HIV virus in the bloodstream? In HIV+ people, their blood can be checked for viral loads, why can't they do this when doing a HIV test, rather than Read more »

I am very scared. Someone please help.

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply boyfriend while at a stop light in his car. Someone rear-ended us and I bit his lip. An EXTREAMLY large amount of his blood entered my mouth. I am pretty sure I swallowed some of it. 24 hours later I developed what appeared to be some... Read more »