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When To Get Retested For Hiv

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Australia: Short Message Service Reminder Intervention Doubles Sexually Transmitted Infection/HIV Retesting Rates Among Men Who Have Sex With Men

In the current study, researchers evaluated the effect of a short message service (SMS) reminder system on STI retesting rates among men who have sex with men (MSM). The SMS program began at a large Australian sexual health clinic in late 2008,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Factors Associated With Recurrent Chlamydial Infection and Failure to Return for Retesting in Young Women Entering National Job Training Program, 1998-2005

The purpose of the current study was to evaluate factors associated with recurrent chlamydial infection and failure to return for retesting among socioeconomically disadvantaged women, ages 16 to 24, entering the National Job Training Program from... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California: Program Offers Free Early-Detection HIV Test

A more accurate HIV test is now being offered for free at three San Diego-area locations thanks to a joint research effort by the University of California-San Diego's Antiviral Research Center (ARC) and San Diego County's Health and Human Services... Read more »
Ask the Experts

HIV-2 screening and re-testing

A friend recently had a positive western for HIV-2 (repeated twice). She was screening for a clinical trial in which they look for HIV-1 and -2. Because this is rare in the US, she wanted to ensure the samples were not mixed in the lab. She went...
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
The test was approved for both viruses at the end of March. Why would you want to rescreen with a screening antibody test, when a confirmatory western blot test was repeatedly positive?... Read more »

Positive elisa, negative western blot and viral load.. Retest?

Last year i had a false positive HIV test result. My elisa was positive and western blot was negative. My doc told me she didn't think I had HIV but wanted to do a viral load test to be sure. That was negative and she told me' no need to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi.A "false positive HIV test" is by definition a negative HIV test. A positive ELISA with negative Western Blot outside the window period is considered to be a negative HIV-screening test. The undetectable quantitative HIV RNA PCR plasma... Read more »

pregnant - positive Elisa and Negative western blot - should retest??

I'm pregnant and had a routine HIV test done. The Elisa came back positive, a western blot was done and came back negative. I was told not to worry that the western blot is 99% accurate. Should I ever retest and why would there be a false...
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
Elisa tests can be false positive. Pregnancy is on the list as a cause of false positive tests.MH... Read more »

should i get retested

hi doc. im a blood donor and my hiv test came back indetermined.i gave blood on sept 29 i was retested on oct10 neg and then retested jan 15 1999 neg im still worried should i be retested again when do i stop retesting my self last exposure...
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
Not sure what to make of that one indeterminant HIV test, since it sounds like the last 2 tests were negative. If the only exposure was 3/98, and the last test was negative on 1/15/99, I don' think you need further testing.MH... Read more »
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hiv retest?going crazy,herpes?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i tested for hiv at 13 weeks,and it was neg.6 weeks befor i was told that i had hsv-2,but i have not had any sore's
but i have had some pain inside my penis,tested for everything else,but all neg. i just wanna know if i was going... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello, My husband was recently diagnosed hiv pos. I have been tested and am negative. I need to know how many times and how often should I be tested. Will there ever be a time when I no longer need to retest?

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Extensive Exposure But Tested Negative - Retest?

Posted by jemison, 4 Replies
I am a hetero female who was exposed to hiv by my partner. We had unprotected sex (oral, vaginal, anal) at least 60 times over a period of 4 months (April to August of this year). Immediately after finding out that he was positive, I was tested... Read more »

do i re-test?

Posted by anxious66, 3 Replies
hiv negative 6 week exposure with a 4th gen duo test

risk: unprotected oral msm me giving, no ejaculation, doubt there was precum, for about a minute in total

it's been 3 and a half months since exposure and i still have a barely noticeable irritated... Read more »