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What Kind Of Blood Test Do You Use For Herpes

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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 »

Freaking Out:Jblue and Other Kind Souls!!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hey People...I don't know what to do:Every symptom that seems to be worht a look and is associated with HIV ,I seem to have,I'm NOT imagining these things:
Anyway long and the short of it is I started out with bumps on my penis and subsequently what... Read more »
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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 »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

California Company Developing CD4+ Blood Test for Use in Developing Countries

Fullerton, Calif.-based Beckman Coulter is taking part in an international initiative to develop a type of blood test that can be used widely in developing countries to measure a person's CD4+ T cell count, the Orange County Register reports. ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lab Tests for Herpes Often Give Wrong Results

A recent survey of laboratories performing herpes simplex virus (HSV) testing found many used blood tests that often give false results. In a proficiency examination of HSV testing, the College of American Pathologists sent 172 participating labs a... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

My Kind of Life: I Was a Viread Guinea Pig

Clinical trials are necessary, but who wants to be a guinea pig? Who wants to take a new chemical formulation that has only been tried on rats and monkeys? I'm far from a rat, despite what some people have said. And while I'm just a few genes away... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Are Platelets a Window Into the Brain?

Platelets, the second most common type of blood cell, are tiny disc-shaped cells. The main role that platelets play in the body is that of damage control. When platelets sense injured blood vessels, they become activated and release chemical signals... Read more »