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Which Blood Test Is Used To Confirm An Hiv Diagnosis

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inconclusive HIV testing results

Hi I was recently diagnosed with HIV (viral load of 50,000 and t cell of 84) by using the blood test method, but when I am tested with the rapid oral tests I still show as HIV negative. Can you explain how this can happen? I had to tell some of my...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...antibody responses to HIV. This could explain why the lesser sensitive oral rapid test was negative, but the more sensitive blood test was positive (and confirmed with the HIV viral load).I hope this helps,BY Read more »

HIV - Wife and pregnant with HIV + Husband

Hi Doctor, Thank you for answeing my question regarding low platelet counts (Platelet count of 6).... Read more »
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HIV Testing

...Confidential HIV Testing HIV Name-Based Reporting Partner Notification Orasure Test for HIV Rapid Tests for HIV Home HIV Antibody Tests Urine Test for HIV RNA / NAAT Testing For-Profit Test... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...take longer than three months. During this "window period" you may not test positive for HIV even if you are infected. Normal HIV tests don't work for newborn children of HIV-infected mothers. In many places, you can get tested anonymously for... Read more »
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HIV Testing 101

...overviews: HIV Testing: The Facts Are You Positive You're Negative? What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS? Ways to Test for HIV Types of HIV Tests Deciding if and When to Be Tested From TheBody.com's Experts: Common Concerns... Read more »
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Black America and HIV Testing

...for diagnosing HIV infection. These advances have reduced or eliminated many of the technical weaknesses of first-generation HIV tests -- making it far easier for patients to take HIV tests, and giving providers far more tools for catching new... Read more »
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4th Generation HIV Test

Posted by Trophy
...to possess both sensitivity (to detect infection) and specificity (to detect noninfection). In the United States, screening tests for HIV must be licensed by the FDA, regardless of whether they are used for screening blood, diagnosis, or... Read more »

Still in shock & worried about specialist meeting

Posted by madisongurl, 4 Replies
...boyfriend is negative (but he's in shock and won't go to get the test). My doctor called again today to say the 2nd round of blood tests came back. She didn't understand the numbers too well, and my specialist appointment isn't until the 6th of... Read more »

I really love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...Determine HIV-1/2 Test Viramune About the Determine HIV-1 / 2 test Determine HIV-1/2 is an easy-to-use, rapid (15-minute) test for HIV antibodies developed by Abbott Laboratories. Using a small amount of whole blood, serum or plasma... Read more »

AN OPEN LETTER TO MY FELLOW MAN

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...diagnostic purposes. The viral load test manufacturers own literature warns the test is not intended to be used as a screening test for HIV or as a diagnostic test to confirm the presence of HIV Yet this is the test I was given by my doctor when... Read more »