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What Kind Of Blood Test Do You Use For Herpes

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

Overview Cause Transmission Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Prevention Complications Overview Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, one of every five teenagers and adults is infected with genital herpes. Women are more commonly infected than men and it is estimated that one of every four women has herpes. Although at least 45 million...
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Apologies asking again. Ass fingering with blood, Kindly help

Firstly I would like to thank you for providing such help to people who are so very stressed outAlso Iam extreamly sorry to ask this question one more time as I feel I again missed a important point that can determine my exact risk.Coming to the...
Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

Response from Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

University of North Carolina
Hello there-The incident you describe would not be considered high risk and I would not advise you seeking PEP for this. If you have never tested for HIV or other STDs it is certainly a good idea to do so just to relieve your stress but since you... Read more »

Can HIV meds cause false HSV IgG test results? (HERPES SIMPLEX, 2011)

Hi, I work in a crime lab and about three months ago I was accidentally exposed to biological fluids, so as a precaution I was put on HIV medication (Combivir) for 30 days as PEP. I recently just had blood test for STDs and it was negative for HIV,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,"Could the HIV medication have caused the false positive HSV results?" "Could the medication have caused my body to make antibodies for HSV?"The short answer to both questions is no! The longer answer is hell no! Regarding... Read more »

What kind of test?

In one of the responses in the fourm, an antibody test and/or an RNA plasma test was reccommended. What is the difference? Do you need to do both or is an antibody test at 6 months conclusive as to HIV status? I have already taken two Elisa tests (5...
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
An antibody test looks for antibodies your body makes against the virus, and RNA test looks for the virus itself. You don't need to do both, and an RNA test at 5 months offers no further information.... Read more »

What kind of test?

In one of your recent responses to a question you reccommended an antibody test and/or an RNA plasma test. What is the difference? Do you need to do both or is an antibody test at 6 months conclusive as to HIV status? I have already taken two Elisa...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
A HIV antibody test negative at 6 months after an exposure is fairly conclusive evidence that no HIV infection took place. The use of a plasma HIV RNA in this setting addresses whether there is a false negative missed by the antibody test (very... Read more »
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what kinds of blood testing can determine HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
What kinds of blood testing can determine HIV? i had a blood test rescently but i dont know what it is for yet. Im not sure if i have hiv or not and im just wondering if the blood test i had can determine if i have HIV eventhough i didnt get a... Read more »

what kind of test did I take?

Posted by Anonymous
I was given a finger prick test in which 5 drops of blood were put onto a card....a drop of blood in each of 5 circles. What test was given to me and is it even accurate?

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accuracy of different kinds of tests

Posted by JillianB, 2 Replies
Is one type of HIV test any more accurate than the other? I had a rapid test done (not the oral one, the one that uses a blood sample, sorry I don't know the name) at 7 weeks and plan to have the same test done at 13 weeks. I just read a post by... Read more »

What kind of test to take after 3 weeks

Posted by Athlete23, 1 Reply
First of all I like to thank everyone that contributes to the forums that help guide and give people right knowledge about this terrible diesease. Well Im a heterosexual male that had proctected vaginal , anal and unprocted oral sex with a female I... Read more »