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Why Is Pcr Detection More Sensitive For Hiv Detection

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The Role of STD Detection and Treatment in HIV Prevention

What is the link between STDs and HIV infection? How can STD treatment slow the spread of HIV infection? What are the implications for HIV prevention? Where can I get more information? References Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be an effective tool in preventing the spread of HIV , the virus that causes AIDS. An understanding of the relationship between STDs and HIV infection can help in the...
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Western Blot Neg / DNA PCR Detected Yet Inderminant (ANOTHER EXAMPLE WHY PCR SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR ROUTINE HIV SCREENING, 2009)

After having unprotected oral sex only (3 weeks ago, with semen in my mouth) I got a fever, sore throat and my face broke out. I got tested one week ago. The "HIV-1 Antibody, Confirmation Western Blot" was negative. The "HIV 1/O/2...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Yours is another prime example why PCR testing should not be used for routine HIV screening! Your HIV-acquisition risk is very small (oral sex). Consequently most likely you are not infected. My advice is to get an HIV-antibody test at the... Read more »

HIV Early Detection Test (including HIV 1 DNA PCR)

Dr. Wohl,What are the limitations of a non-reactive Qualitative DNA PCR test taken a year after exposure? It was part of an STD Early Detection panel that also included standard antibody tests for HIV 1/2, HCV and HIV, which were all non-reactive....
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I suspect you may be mixing up the DNA and RNA tests. The RNA tests are much more commonly done and are excellent. Negative antibody and RNA or DNA testing means you are not HIV infected.DW... Read more »

HIV PCR will it detect hiv?

HI, I had a HIV PCR test done after a sexual exposure 6 weeks prior.But now i have developed lumps in the back of my throat and a coated toungue. I looked at the receipt for the test to find out it stated "PCR HIV 1" so i assume that this...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Unless you have had a definite exposure to a person infected with HIV and your doctor suspects symptoms of acute HIV infection, PCR testing is not necessary. It is unlikely that you are infected with HIV (based on your PCR results), but an antibody... Read more »

Can the PCR detect the N strain of HIV

Can the PCR DNA detect the N strain of HIV.Why is it that the Elisa test after a window period of sixmonths still only 99.9% confirmatory?What should one do to rule out HIV completely?-Just being a little Inquisitive....
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
I am not sure about the commercial PCR test. PCR technology can though. You have to do what you must to rule out infection. We offer guidelines and testing strategies.MH... Read more »
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PCR not detecting all strains of HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
As many worried persons, I took a PCR-RNA 4 weeks after my infection risk, to amend my fears. It came back negative. Although I should relax now, I'm still concerned, because I have read that all commercially available PCR-kits are just looking for... Read more »

HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV

Posted by nomoreworry4me
HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV itself (rather than antibodies or antigens) are known as PCR tests. PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction and is a common way of testing for a variety of different organisms. The overall process... Read more »

PCR sensitivity

Posted by GPPG, 1 Reply
For everyone I am posting the information I gathered about RNA/DNA testing's sensitivity ( i.e not reporting false negative),
1. RNA-PCR 90 - 98 % (depending on timing, immunse response, assay etc.)
2. bDNA little more sensitive
3. DNA-PCR > 99%
4.... Read more »

can an HIV-1 test detect HIV-2?

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
I had several ELISA HIV 1 tests all negative (thank God). But now I'm wondering about HIV 2. Can the HIV 1 test detect HIV 2?

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