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Understanding Herpes Test Results

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

Overview Cause Transmission Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Prevention Complications Overview Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, one of every five teenagers and adults is infected with genital herpes. Women are more commonly infected than men and it is estimated that one of every four women has herpes. Although at least 45 million...
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Can HIV meds cause false HSV IgG test results? (HERPES SIMPLEX, 2011)

Hi, I work in a crime lab and about three months ago I was accidentally exposed to biological fluids, so as a precaution I was put on HIV medication (Combivir) for 30 days as PEP. I recently just had blood test for STDs and it was negative for HIV,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,"Could the HIV medication have caused the false positive HSV results?" "Could the medication have caused my body to make antibodies for HSV?"The short answer to both questions is no! The longer answer is hell no! Regarding... Read more »

Please help me understand this, do you think this will also affect HIV window period or a false result.

Hi Dr. Brian, second try, please answer and advice me on this. New update from Body on March 1st. http://www.thebody.com/updates/2007-03-01.htmlHerpes Treatment Can Control Herpes and HIV Viral Load, Study FindsTreatment with the herpes drug Valtrex...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
The effect of Valtrex is purely on herpes simplex, not on HIV directly. The reason it seems to reduce the HIV viral load is that the herpes virus itself has an effect on HIV replication. The Valtrex reduces the amount of herpes in the body and... Read more »

Please help me understand my test results

HBsAg POSHBsAb NEG <10 U/LHAVAb POSPlease help me understand my test results. All I know is that I am a carrier....
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
You have chronic hepatitis B infection. To determine how active it is you need a full hepatitis B panel.... Read more »

understanding first test results

Pls. explain this first test result in detail. Absolute CD4 helper: 1519. Serial Blood level: 304L. CD4 pos 27.5L. lymph: 30.8 ...
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
Your CD4 count is in the normal range and your CD4 percent is slightly low. I don't know what "serial blood level" means. What is your HIV viral load result?... Read more »
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94 days test result

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Dear all, I just get a result back, negative, for a 94 days test ( hiv I and II ). Hopefully, it is ok and I will move on. Unfortunately, I got herpes I and borderline II, I don't understand the result but it is better than hiv. And I have... Read more »

Can Herpes Virus affect testing?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I had unprotected sex with a girl of unknown status, 1 week later I got blisters and was diagnosed with Herpes, as if that wasn't bad enough I began having other symptoms. I was tested by elisa at 10 weeks and negative. Can the herpes infection... Read more »

hey,gayman bill i don't understand

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
hello i am thankful for your reply,but i don't your reply because you say he,who is he?i am sorry for the stupid questions .i took the hiv test at 13 weeks and it was neg. i took the test at my local heath dept. and i had to wait 2 weeks for the... Read more »

understanding my test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
maybe someone can help me clear things up. i tested negative on MEIA. when i received the results it said submission type: A
when giving me the sheet they never explained it to me what that means. now i am wondering if 'submission type' stands for... Read more »