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When Is Mandatory Hiv Antibody Testing Is Required

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...body's reaction to the virus -- the presence of antibodies to HIV. ELISA The ELISA (also sometimes called EIA) is often used as the first screening tool. It is inexpensive and very sensitive for detecting the presence of HIV antibodies. In most cases, a blood sample is tested, but other types of ELISAs that use saliva and urine have also been developed. The actual ELISA takes 3.5 to 4 hours, but most test sites send samples to outside...
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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
...(See below).Thanks for your donations to The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation. They are warmly appreciated.Be well. Dr. BobHIV Antibody Tests (HIV inSITE)ELISAGenerally referred to as ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) or,... Read more »

i've got testing jitters

A few months ago, I visited the hospital emergency for extreme pelvic pain. The cause of this pain was never discovered and with two weeks of antibiotics the pain eventually went away. I was checked for venereal diseases at the hospital; the tests...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...To answer your question about getting HIV tested without knowing it: the answer is no. In order to have an HIV antibody test, you are required to give the healthcare provider your consent to do so (this is referred to as informed consent). No... Read more »

How To Get Tested

Hi again Dr. Frascino,Your last response quelled my fears, and I thank you for it. Now I just want to get this off my back for good. How can I get tested and get the results within a week? You mentioned you were visiting Phoenix--I live here. ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV antibodies in an HIV- infected person. This test does not test for HIV in saliva. Urine HIV antibody test: The urine HIV-1 testing method is a painless, non-evasive option for getting an HIV antibody test. This test uses the urine EIA (ELISA)... Read more »

HIV accuracy testing

I am worried about the possibility of HIV infection. I have a number of symptoms which might be interpreted as HIV infection. My question relates though to the accuracy of tests I have had done. I have tested negative on both home and GUM clinic...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...HIV antibodies do not disappear. So, the HIV antibody tests have an extremely high accuracy (99.9% if conducted 3-6 months after exposure). Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FDA OKs Second HIV Donor Screening Test

... The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test, the Abbott Prism HIV O Plus assay, that detects HIV antibodies in donated blood and organs. The test is one of five that run on Abbott's fully automated Prism System. FDA said the test... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

Commentary: The Histrionic Push for Mandatory Perinatal HIV Testing

...positions is the reality that HIV infection is not a "routine" disease. HIV testing is afforded special legal status, generally requiring an informed consent procedure. Routine testing (not mandatory testing) in any setting will not be feasible... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...Munoz, MACS, personal communication). HIV can be detected in virtually everyone with AIDS. Recently developed sensitive testing methods, including the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and improved culture techniques, have enabled researchers... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About HIV/AIDS

...tests. How do I know which one I should take? The combination of an Elisa/Western Blot HIV Antibody Test is the traditional testing method for HIV infection. This combination test is looking for the antibodies that develop to fight the HIV... Read more »
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4th Generation HIV Test

Posted by Trophy
...individuals to be screened for infection are of higher risk groups than the blood donor population, and thus require the use of testing methodologies with high levels of analytical sensitivity to detect primary infection. Of significance, the... Read more »

Info from NYC dept of health? Is 4 weeks suffice?

Posted by Anonymous
...mandatory in New York State under certain circumstances: As of February 1997, all newborns in New York State are tested for HIV antibodies. A newborn's test result also provides information about the mother's HIV status. Blood and organ... Read more »

RNA testing,

Posted by nomoreworry4me
...testing requires a blood sample. Finger stick or rapid versions are not yet available. Can you get an RNA test along with a rapid HIV antibody test? Yes. After the rapid test, you will have to give a blood sample for RNA testing. If actual HIV... Read more »

blood tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I have never been tested for HIV. But Ihave taken several other blood tests which have came out great, including a white blood cell test. Is there still Read more »