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What Are The Standard Testing Procedure For Hiv

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HIV Wellness Checklist

About This Checklist Routine Laboratory Tests Special Laboratory Tests Vaccinations About This Checklist People with HIV should have some laboratory tests and vaccinations on a regular basis. You might want to keep your own file of test results. Also, keep track of any antiretroviral medications you take and when these change. This will be very helpful if you ever change health care providers. Routine Laboratory Tests CD4...
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Standard Procedure

My doctor drew blood for my HIV test the same day she gave me a flu and a hep vaccine. I tested positive but i've heard that it isn't standard to do so. Should I get retested?...
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
YOu don't indicate what HIV tests were performed. The standard approach is to get a screening antibody test followed by a western blot test for confirmation.... Read more »

Can HIV be detected in standard bloodtest?

Can HIV be detected in blood test/blood work that is not an HIV test? For example, blood taken from an expecting mother during a check up. In other words, would HIV be able to be detected in a blood test that is not an actual HIV test?...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
HIV will not be detected unless: a) the blood test is looking for antibodies to HIV, or b) it is testing for the actual presence of virus (viral RNA or DNA by PCR). Your standard blood test does not include these types of tests. You should know if... Read more »

HIV risk from standard blood draw

Hello: I was wondering if there is any real possibility of getting infected with HIV from just a standard blood draw? Although everyone always says that needles are never reused in medical offices, how can I be sure of that? How easily can the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,"Is there any real possibility of getting infected with HIV from a standard blood draw?" No. "How can you be sure of that?" Now there's a question I will never be able to answer. How can I prove to you that there are... Read more »

Undetectable what is the Latest Standard?

Is there a new Standard and does it depend on the test. I use to be undetectable at <50 now ths last one was undetectable at >48 ... Now I am hearing something about >20. I know there is not much difference in those readings but are they...
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
Yes. Slightly different chemistry, configuration, and procedures of the viral load tests allows for slightly better sensitivity. Unfortunately is has created a lot of confusion about what to do with folks that had undetectable viral load at < 50... Read more »
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Is the test standardized?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is it true that the aids test is not standardize meaning it does not meet a gold standard? I can't find out on the net info on it meeting standardization.

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Standard STD clinic tests should be done too

Posted by Anonymous
Standard STD clinic tests should be done along with AIDS HIV and get vaccinated for hepatitis.

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Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
If one lab took a blood sample from a person, in a quantity that is usual for performing only a general blood test, and then with that quantity of blood taken performs a general blood test and also an elisa hiv test that reads negative, can this... Read more »

Army HIV Policies and Procedures as of 7/15/2005

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Greetings! I have found actual policy information concerning HIV from the Army. You must have Acrobat Reader to view. You may go to the link:

The pdf's title is Army Regulation 600-110 - Identification,... Read more »