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What Does An Oral Assay Test For

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...little as 20 minutes, you can find out your HIV status. Rapid tests work similarly to traditional HIV test: they look for antibodies to HIV, not the virus itself. Most commonly, a rapid test is adminestered by sampling the oral mucosa (the mucous that is everywhere in your mouth) and putting it through a test to see if HIV antibodies are present. Some people may think that, since the test uses the mouth to test for HIV, that HIV can be...
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HIV RNA Assay and PEP

Doctor Bob,About two weeks ago I went to a Bangkok Hospital to start PEP from what I thought was a high risk exposure to a female sex worker here in Thailand. It was protected vaginal intercourse (with exposure to blood) and unprotected oral. Under...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...taking AZT and Stocrin as a PEP regimen because of a risky encounter with a Thai prostitute (protected vaginal, unprotected deep oral). The meds have caused a ton of problems for me: tingling hands, extreme fatigue, slight headaches, constant... Read more »

HIV prevention testing product 'AWARE ORAL'

Hi Doctor,I am from Hong Kong and I made I think 2 donations previously to your foundation. Now I have a question. There is an advertisement in some peroidicals there is such a product called 'AWARE ORAL'. It claims that it can be used for...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...been available for some time; however, they are not FDA approved for use in the U.S. I have no personal experience with AWARE ORAL. There was some concern about a high rate of false positives using saliva tests. Personally I would prefer to use... Read more »

ELISA/EIA & WB result for post-ARV patients with undetectable viral load

Dear Dr. Bob,I have been under ARV therapy for 3 years and have been able to keep my viral load in the undetectable range with CD4/CD8 in the 20-25% range. If I were to go under the current HIV antibody tests under ELISAEIA & WB now, would the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV-diagnostic tests are generally HIV-antibody tests, such as ELISA, Western Blot, EIA, immunofluorescent assays, rapid tests, oral swab tests, etc. These tests are all designed to detect anti-HIV antibodies, which are circulating proteins made... Read more »

Donation Sent; Question Regarding Oraquick (RELIABILITY OF ORAQUICK ORAL TESTS, 2009)

Hi Dr. Bob....I sent a donation (cheque) 3 weeks ago via mail but I dont believe that the money has been withdrawn yet. I am in Canada, so maybe it'll take a little longer.I wanted to ask for follow-up information regarding the issue with the rapid...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...definitive and conclusive. There was a problem with "false positive" tests with some of the early rapid tests (primarily the oral fluid tests).Question: ". . . do blood donor clinics screen accurately for HIV?" Yes, absolutely! Your negative... Read more »
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Diagnostic, Monitoring and Resistance Laboratory Tests for HIV

...Diagnostic Tests ); such tests include: Antibody screening assays Home access tests Rapid tests Western blot for screening oral fluid and urine Table 2 has been updated with the latest information regarding available rapid HIV... Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Donor Screening Assays for Infectious Agents and HIV Diagnostic Assays

...EIA Viral Culture Supernatant Prognosis (Quantitative) & Neut. Kit Coulter Corporation 3/14/1996 --> Anti-HIV-1 Oral Specimen Collection Device Tradename(s) Format Sample Use Manufacturer Approval Date ... Read more »
The Well Project

Oral Sex: What's the Real Risk for HIV?

... Table of Contents Studies on the Risks of Oral Sex Tips for Safer Oral Sex Taking Care of Yourself The chances of HIV being transmitted from an HIV+ person to an HIV-negativeperson Read more »
The Well Project

Did You Just Test HIV Positive?

...Well Project for those seeking information on HIV or HIV Treatment: What Is HIV? HIV Transmission Safer Sex Oral Sex: What's the Real Risk? Women and HIV Pregnancy and HIV HIV Disclosure Considering HIV Treatment Read more »
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Do I or Do I Don't

Posted by LostSould, 1 Reply
To begin, I must state that I would be considered high risk with my past sexual history. I am in my mid 20s and female. I became sexual active at an very early age. I previously had two STD's at two separate occasions when I was 15 and 20. I... Read more »

Window Period

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Is the window period 3 months for oral HIV tests, or just for blood tests? Read more »

Cornell on testing

Posted by DUDE
...various bodily fluids within 1-3 months of acquiring HIV. Most labs use blood drawn from the arm (usually about 2 teaspoons) or oral fluid swabbed from the gums to test for antibodies. Two different tests may be needed. The ELISA (Enzyme Linked... Read more »

About Testing.....

Posted by AIDS2HIV, 2 Replies
...Blot, must be administered prior to delivering an absolute positive result. OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV 1/2 Antibody Test for oral fluid: this test collects oral fluid through an oral swab and can give results in 20 minutes, and it is... Read more »