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Understanding Routine Hiv Testing

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The Well Project

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

...keep track ofhow you are doing in the following areas: Immune System Status How HIV is affecting your immune system If you need to start or switch HIV drugs Example of lab test: CD4 cell test (see sheet called Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests ) HIV Illness How HIV is responding to the drugs you are taking Which drugs to use The specific characteristics of your virus Examples of lab tests:...
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Routine blood work can't show hiv disease?

I understand you get sick of answering this question and that anyone exposed should definitely be tested, which I agree. I understand that hiv can not be diagnosed from routine blood work, let's say a CBC for instance, but there are very few things...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,"In your medical opinion, I can have all this blood work done, be considered completely health by doctor, and HIV would never even have an impact on my blood work?" Yep! That's exactly what I'm saying! As I've stated many times before, if Read more »

understanding test results

Unprotected oral sex with a woman. At 6 weeks i had a negative elisa and an undetectable PCR DNA - PCR RNA At 9 weeks i had a negative elisa and an undetectable PCR RNA. If an hiv+ person did not have antibodies at 9 weeks after exposure, would the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,It's true PCR testing is not recommended for routine HIV screening. This is primarily due to the rate of false-positive results, other technical considerations and cost. False-negative Read more »

Testing For Vitamins and Minerals Deficiencies

I understand that such testing is possible and desirable in people with HIV and I intend to talk to my doctor about it in a couple of weeks. I do not know anything about how such testing is done or whether it has a specific name. Does the doctor...
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
...This is certainly not a routine test battery that we order in HIV infected people. In most cases, we are looking for something very specific (like iron deficiency anemia). In almost all HIV infected Read more »

Understanding the test results

My sister recently donated at a blood drive. She got a letter back stating that she testing positive for hiv-1 and hiv-2, but negative on the western blot and negative on some other test, I can't remember what it was. The letter stated that she was...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...tested as a batch. If the batch tests positive, then each of the 20 donor samples is tested individually by our usual serological testing methods. See, I told you this was a bit confusing. As for your second question, my occupational exposure was... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

CDC's HIV Testing Recommendations Not Being Followed, Studies Show

... Two years after CDC recommended routine HIV testing for people ages 13 to 64, several studies presented at a recent conference indicate that the recommendations generally Read more »
The Well Project

Older Women: At Risk for HIV Infection

...andcare. It is important that this changes. Older women, their health care andsocial services providers, and their families need to understand how the viruscan and does impact this senior age group. About 10 percent of AIDS cases in the US... Read more »
Latino Commission on AIDS

On the Eve of World AIDS Day, the Latino Commission on AIDS Sounds the Alarm: Hispanic/Latinos Are Late Testers and Paying a Heavy Price

...Price November 30, 2009 Latinos account for 19.0% of people living with AIDS. Photo: Yanira Arias New York -- The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to be a serious threat to the Hispanic/Latino communities. In addition to being a... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

...your immune system If you need to start or switch HIV drugs Example of lab test: CD4 cell test (see sheet called Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests ) Overall Health How your body systems are functioning If you have... Read more »
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My boyfriend tested hiv+ i think he gave it to me.

Posted by TrueOptimist, 1 Reply
...times, and now I think there is no going back.The man that I have been sexually active with for the past 3 months just tested hiv positive.I tested hiv negative but I have a gut instinct that my status will eventually change obviously since we... Read more »

is there any couple (male and female) HIV+

Posted by Unlucky2, 1 Reply
...i wouold like to find a couple that is HIV positive and both partners are Positiive i would like to know about your experience cause i need advise... my girlfriend might Read more »

I want to share...

Posted by giaobsession, 3 Replies
... I am there, she says she is going to test me for STDs, along with my pap. But she questions me when I say I got tested for HIV? Should she have not encouraged me to get tested for HIV? Should they not encourage everyone to get tested for HIV? I... Read more »

I need help about p24 band

Posted by cleanbr, 2 Replies
...I took a routine blood test and they told me I am HIV+ I freaked out like anyone would. I have been with my wife for 1 year and 6 months and her test results came back neg. I went Read more »