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What's The Most Common Confirmation Test For HIV

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Blood Work: Two Common Tests to Use for Monitoring HIV Disease

Introduction CD4 Cell Count Tests Why Do You Use CD4 Counts? CD4 Counts and When to Start Therapy What Do CD4 Counts Mean? Viral Load Tests How Often Should Viral Loads Be Tested? What Tests Are Used? Getting Viral Load Tests Viral Load and Women Interpreting Test Results Disease Progression and Therapy Commentary Introduction Two of the most common tests that you and your doctor will use to monitor your health are...
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Hi Dr. Holodniy:I read in MR. Sowadsky's message board that he personally have known 1 person that tested HIV negative at 6 months but positive at 1 year. He thinks PERHAPS the person has a weak immune system that does not produce antibodies...
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, there are rare reported cases of seroconversion after one year, or no seroconversion at all. PCR would have been positive earlier. Cost, and the fact that these are not FDA approved tests for diagnosis are overriding factors.MH... Read more »

oral sex with confirmed pos guy (turns out worried for nothing)

Hey Dr Bob,Today was my final HIV test and it came back negative. WOOHOO! To give a little background, I messed around with someone who is positive. By messing around I mean I gave him head and he returned the favor. To complicate the mater I had...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Congratulations and WOO-HOO! Excellent News. Thanks for taking the time to write in and share your story. Hope the "e-slap" didn't sting too much! Hey, does "e-slapping" qualify as cyber S&M?Stay well. Happy New... Read more »

HIV Confirmation Test

Hello doctor 10 month Baby Tested on 25 feb 2012 ELISA - +VE ,But in March HIV-1 DNA PCR - Negative now In OCT DNA PCR - Negative ,so is there any problem for baby in future ?...
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
Given those results, the baby is not infected. It is not unusual for babies to have positive HIV antibody tests after birth from a mother who is HIV infected, because these are antibodies that are passed from the mother to the fetus while in the... Read more »

Should viral load tests be used to confirm hiv+ status

My husband had a positive Elisa test, mine was indeterminate. His Western Blot was negative. I have not had one (I could only have been infected by him). How accurate are these tests and would it be a good idea to get a viral load test to confirm...
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
A positive ELISA with a negative western blot, makes HIV infection unlikely, although remotely possible. You state your ELISA was "indeterminate", but you did not include your western blot result. Generally, a positive HIV ELISA, requires... Read more »
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Common questions/concerns about HIV/AIDS please read

Posted by kbuddy77, 1 Reply

Questions and Answers about HIV
1. What is HIV? What is AIDS?
2. Who can get HIV?
3. What are the ways in which HIV can be spread from one person to another?
4. Can I get HIV from oral sex?
5. How long does HIV live outside the body?
6. Can having another... Read more »

Need to confirm negative result??

Posted by lpk, 4 Replies
Have tested negative after about 3 years after possible exposure. Is there any need to retest after this amount of time? People are always recommended to retest after testing positive- why would this not be the same for negative results? Read more »

Life Goes On? Just got confirmation today

Posted by DrsNeedLoveToo, 9 Replies
Hey everyone. First, I want to say that I've really appreciated reading your posts for the last two weeks while waiting for confirmation...that and Ativan have helped immensely. I've not read any stories quite like mine here, though, and I'm... Read more »

up to the way to confirm

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
First, don't panic, this story does not happen in the states, but i hope you don't mind allowing me to write something down here. haha, I am the unlucky guy there, the prevalence of HIV infected person is below 0.5% of the total popluation.

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