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West Africa Subtype Elisa Test

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Can elisa test in US detect HIV subtype

Thanks you for the service. Appreciate if you please let me know " can ELISA test in US detect HIV SUBTYPE "C" which is very common in INDIA ? This i am asking because, i had sexual exposer in india few years back and recently my...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
HIV is divided into two major types, HIV-1 and HIV-2. The vast majority of infections in the world are caused by HIV-1. HIV-2 is endemic in the west coast of Africa. HIV-1 is divided into groups (M, N, O) and the M group is further divided into... Read more »

Tests for HIV Subtype O (GROUP O, Subtype O, 2010)

Nine months ago I had a sexual encounter with a West Africa prostitute whilst abroad. This... Read more »

reliability of ELISA for different HIV subtypes

Dear Dr. Gallant, I am working in an environment with a lot of foreign students and recent... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Caravan Travels West Africa to Focus on HIV Testing, Education

The Love Life Caravan has embarked on an almost month-long HIV education campaign that will travel the corridor from Lagos, Nigeria, to Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization devised the caravan project five years ago as a way... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

West Cape, South Africa, HIV Rate Tops 10 Percent

HIV prevalence in the Western Cape, normally the lowest in South Africa, has jumped higher than 10 percent for the first time. Dr. Fareed Abdullah, head of the Western Cape's AIDS program, is "very worried" about the figure from the 2002 national... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Battling Hepatitis in West Africa

West African governments should take high rates of hepatitis B and C more seriously and make treatment more affordable, experts said at a recent international hepatitis conference in Dakar, Senegal. "The idea is to push governments, who have... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

South Africa Begins First Phase II Trial for HIV Vaccine Targeting Subtype C

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Seattle-based Targeted Genetics on Monday announced plans to launch the first Phase II trial in South Africa to test a new HIV vaccine candidate, Reuters reports (Reuters, 11/14). The trial will test... Read more »
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HIV subtype undetectable by the ELISA?

Posted by mariana, 4 Replies
According to Dr Steve is undetectable HIV subtype O N and M. .. own Western Asia and Africa ... elisa tests do not detect it then? as we know if we have this variant? as we have had symptoms of acute retroviral syndrome and are a few that we feel... Read more »

subtypes M N O y vih 3 false negative

Posted by mariana, 2 Replies
HIV subtypes are not detectable by ELISA ... I have read Dr Steve say that the fourth-generation ELISA does not detect p 24 subtypes such as type 1 and MNO fail 40 to 60% detection by giving false negatives HIV2.

The latter is another specialist... Read more »

Hiv 2 or other subtypes

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
I'm back! My negative results were comforting for about 5 days and then the symptoms came peering back into the picture. How prevelant are HIV 2 and the other strains of HIV in the US? I know home access only uses 1st Generation Elisa and it would... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
If there are so many subtypes could it be there are more people on this planet who are already infected than we know?I lived in Africa and luckily have not had transfusions, but one high risk 14 yrs and am now absolutely in panic despite three... Read more »