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Touching A Bloody Scab And Dna Pcr Testing

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AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

...detect a viral load a few days after HIV infection. This is better than the standard HIV (antibody) 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, the faster HIV disease progresses. For prevention , viral load predicts how easy it is to...
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Dr Bob. PLEASE HELP! My Mother caused this incident - AM I NUTS?

Dr. Bob,I am back for a quick return visit and a new question and another follow up donation. I have a similar experience from before but this is much deeper. After this, do you think I am nuts or messed up to think this way? I am having anxiety...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...wouldn't bother you with this but a lot of homeless go through the cans at all times. Assuming this just happened before I went and touched the can and the person is HIV+ What are the real chances of catching the HIV virus from this? Again, lots... Read more »

Possible Occupational Exposure and Testing

Hi - I am a police officer from Australia.17 days ago I attended a car accident where a female passenger in the car received some cuts/scratches to her knuckles in the accident. Her fingers were bleeding quite lightly. After speaking with the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello Anxious Officer,Your HIV-transmission risk is nonexistent. HIV testing is not warranted or necessary. Gosh, if HIV were that contagious, it would have wiped out the planet long ago! You certainly Read more »

Can I catch Hepatitis C from scabs on my hand?

I have a few scabs on my hand caused from my kitten adn a recent paper cut. I was goofing off with a friend adn scratched them with my nails and drew blood. I found out they had hepatitis c and im scared. i dont know what symptoms to look for or if...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...think the chance that this is an exposure of concern is extremely low. If it would help to relieve your anxiety, you can get testing at 3 months and if negative, I would not pursue it any further. Read more »

swallow scabs

my cousin swallowed a scab of someone else and i was wondering what are the chances of getting hepatitis c?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I would not consider this a risk at all. Read more »
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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 »
AIDS InfoNet

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

... The Complete Blood Count (CBC) Red Blood Cell Tests White Blood Cell Tests The Complete Blood Count (CBC) The most common laboratory test Read more »
The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

...other type of activity -- kissing someone with HIV, sharing food or drinks with them, touching something an HIV-positive person touched -- there's basically no chance that whatever you did resulted in you getting HIV. If you're curious about... 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 »
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DNA PCR Test

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 »

DNA PCR Vs Viral Load test

Posted by sunkyst, 1 Reply
...Does anyone know the difference between a HIV DNA PCR test versus a viral load test that's performed on someone already confirmed positive, obviously one is about detecting the virus Read more »

Am I infected?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I went to give blood a month ago to be a good samaritin. I did not realize that I was two months from possible exposure of HIV and started to worry. Read more »