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Urine And Dna Pcr Testing

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

... Why Should You Get Tested for HIV? What Are HIV Antibody Tests? ELISA Western Blot (WB) Assay Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) Window Period Interpretation of Test Results Accuracy
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Chlamydia testing (including urine tests)

I recently had a Chlaymidia urine test (PCR-DNA) performed approximately one week after the possible exposure. The test came back negative. I have a couple questions regarding my test:1. Is the PCR-DNA test a fairly accurate test?2. Was my...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...other laboratory test, each of these tests have their limitations, and not every test can be used in all situations. If you tested negative on a urine PCR test after 1 week, there is a good chance that you do not have chlamydia. However, you... Read more »

pcr test reliability at around six months

Hi doc. I would just like to start off by saying i think it is incredible that you guys have this website and valuable life changing information available to people who desperately need it. I ask that if there is anyway you could please answer my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. To briefly answer your questions:1.No, that is not possible.2.In essence, this is exactly the same question as #1 above!3.This question is nonsensical, because you did not "pick up the virus."4.I can't... Read more »

Please answer

Dear Doctor Aberg: I would like to ask you a question, I am a women who had unprotected vaginal sex with ejaculation. I took a base line test on March 19 day after exposure and was negative on Elisa. Sixty Eight days later I went to a clinic...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
...The actual recommendations by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the US is that you should get tested at 6 weeks, 12 weeks and at six months. Seroconversion (becoming HIV positive by antibody test) usually occcurs within 6-12 weeks Read more »

urine test news report

what do you make of the study on low-risk serum-negative people who were positive on urine tests? I read from it that eventhough the people had antibodies, they had no other signs of infection and may be people who manage to fight infection off. ...
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
...The urine test is not bogus and has merit. I have only seen the press release as well and what is on their website. I don't believe definitive Read more »
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Diagnostic, Monitoring and Resistance Laboratory Tests for HIV

...Assays 2. HIV-1 Confirmatory Antibody Assays 3. HIV-2 Antibody Screening B. Viral Identification Assays 1. DNA Polymerase Chain Reaction (DNA-PCR) 2. Plasma HIV RNA Assays III. Monitoring Tests A. Lymphocyte Analysis ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Quick Chlamydia Urine Test Accurate in Men

...British researchers. Dr. Helen H. Lee of the University of Cambridge and colleagues evaluated the Chlamydia Rapid Test versus the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay among 1,211 men ages 16-73 at a sexual health center for young people and a... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prevalence and Correlates of Trichomonas Vaginalis Infection Among Female U.S. Federal Prison Inmates

...participants at the other; combined prevalence was 8.5 percent. With positivity in either specimen as the reference standard, urine polymerase chain reaction had a sensitivity of 66.7 percent; vaginal swab PCR had a sensitivity of 84.4 percent. ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Urine Test Could Make Cervical Cancer Testing Easier

...published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2002;40(9):3155-3161). Brinkman and coauthors reported findings that a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based urine assay is as reliable as standard tests for finding HPV infection, which has... Read more »
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More info on Urine testing

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I found a more detailed report on the Urine study. I know a lot of you refute this study but I think its a serious concern. I didnt find any follow up reports on this so Read more »

Symptoms vs. testing history - what should I do?

Posted by Tryin2BRational, 3 Replies
...that I began HIV testing. Over the course of the past 10 months, I have been: ?Ora-quick Advance 1/2 rapid finger (blood) tested about 10 times (at the 8, 12, 15, 18, 25, 27, 29, 34, and 43 week mark) at a local HIV clinic ? all... Read more »

Some Questions about Testing

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...I can't find the answers anywhere else, so if someone could help me I'd appreciate it very much. I want to go ahead and get tested for ALL possible STD's, not just HIV. Can this be done using just one blood test? If not, what other types of... Read more »

std test

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I had protected sex and 3 days later i had std test done they said everything was negative and they told me that i Should wait a month to make it conclusive and I also heard that you should wait 3 months which one is right . ? the only ones that... Read more »