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What Does An Hiv Test Measure

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Arkansas: HIV Testing Measure Advances

The state House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee has endorsed a proposal that would require the Department of Corrections to test all inmates for HIV before their release. The committee endorsed the measure after its sponsor, Rep. Fred... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tennessee: Senate Passes Measure Requiring HIV Tests for Prostitution Convicts

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a measure that would require HIV testing for persons convicted of promoting prostitution. Its companion bill received House approval by a 92-3 vote last month. The House bill's sponsor, Rep. Ulysses... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Measure Allowing Exception in Confidentiality of HIV Test Results

The Massachusetts General Assembly 's Joint Committee on Health Care last week held a hearing on a bill (SB 647 ) that would allow public health or safety officials who are exposed to a person's bodily fluid while working to learn whether the person... Read more »
Ask the Experts

What exactly does viral load testing measure?

What exactly does a viral load test measure? Is the test sensitive enough to measure only HIV or can other non-HIV "virallike" events also trigger a positive viral load result? I recently had a Hepatitas A vacination and about five days...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
I am totally confused. If you are HIV-negative, why are having all these viral load tests done? There is such a thing as a false positive viral load: low viral loads (like 1000) can sometimes occur in someone without HIV infection. It would be... Read more »

hiv-2, can viral load be measured?

Dear Dr. Holodniy,I was just diagnosed with hiv-2 (which I got last year on a trip to Amsterdam, even though I used protection with the woman). Seroconverted after 6 months (somewhere beteween 6 and 11 months).The worst part is, no one knows...
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
There are no commercially available HIV-2 quantitative viral load tests. People have developed and described "homebrew" PCR based viral load tests to describe some of the findings you described. Some of the HIV-1 treatments work. Drugs... Read more »

How is viral load measured? (unit used)

I've recently had a friend move in my home who tested positive when the HIV test was first made available in '85. Donate blood from '82 also contained the virus confirmed by the CDC. His viral load and T cell count have both dropped...
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
Not knowing any of the treatment history it's hard to comment. However, a CD4 cell change from 18 to 8 is not significant. Cells are measured in # cells/mm3, or in percentage of CD4 cells. Likewise at such high viral load levels, a change from... Read more »

WHAT EXACTLY WAS MEASURED HERE, MARK?

Mark: Hello. I was tested for HIV1/2 at 19 and 1/2 weeks and the results were negative. Thank God. the method used by the lab was the following: Organon EIA for anti-HIV/HIVAg and Murex EIA for anti- HIV1+2. What did these tests measure? Thanks,...
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
HIV-1 antibodies, HIV-1 p24 antigen and HIV-2 antibodies.... Read more »
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latest dna cpr test measure down to ten copies.

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i received info from a company that the dna measures down to ten copies and can be positive six days after exposure anyone else know about this?

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HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV

Posted by nomoreworry4me
HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV itself (rather than antibodies or antigens) are known as PCR tests. PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction and is a common way of testing for a variety of different organisms. The overall process... Read more »

ALL THE HIV TESTS TO CHECK FOR HIV

Posted by nomoreworry4me
HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV itself (rather than antibodies or antigens) are known as PCR tests. PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction and is a common way of testing for a variety of different organisms. The overall process... Read more »

Inaccuracy of HIV tests

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Disclaimer on the ELISA, The Western Blot, and the Viral Load Test
"There is no recognized standard for establishing the presence or absence of HIV-1 in human blood"
The HIV antibody tests are non-standard and non-specific. If you are participating...
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