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Will Rapid Hiv Tests Detect All Sub Types

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HIV Resistance Testing

What Is Resistance? HIV is "resistant" to a drug if it keeps multiplying rapidly while you are taking the drug. Changes (mutations) in the virus cause resistance. HIV mutates almost every time a new copy is made. Not every mutation causes resistance. The "wild type" virus is the most common form of HIV. Anything different from the wild type is considered a mutation. An antiretroviral drug (ARV) won't control a virus that is resistant to it....
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Rapid test detect HIV before Western Blot?

Could a rapid HIV test (specifically Uni-Gold which claims to be able to detect HIV as soon as 3-4 weeks post exposure), detect HIV before a Western Blot is capable of detecting HIV? Asked another way, could a person have a reactive rapid test...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,No. If someone had a reactive rapid test and negative Western Blot, they would be HIV negative. The Western Blot test is the more "specific" test, while the ELISA or rapid test is more "sensitive." See below.Dr. Bobtesting... Read more »

Can HIV sub-type O be detected by PCR?

Dear Dr, Can the HIV sub-type O be tested by HIV PCR after 10 months from exposure? I'm really feel worried. Pls give me an answer. Thanks!...
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 with the current commercially available PCR based assays.MH... Read more »

Some HIV 1-2 EIA is not detected subtypes(O and M types)

Dear Dr. Mark.I m medical student.Some HIV 1-2 EIA is not detected subtypes(HIV-1 O and M type and HIV-2).Is it true??...
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
There are many tests on the market. Some tests will detect HIV-1 and HIV-2 and will also detect HIV-1 subtype O all in the same test.... Read more »

Some HIV 1-2 EIA is not detected subtypes(O and M types)

I m medical student.Some HIV 1-2 EIA is not detected subtypes(HIV-1 O and M type and HIV-2).Is it true??...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Please read my response to "Rare HIV Strains into Perspective" (http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Archive/Testing/Q11685.qna) for a detailed answer to your question.RMK... Read more »
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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 »

Rapid oral HIV test wins FDA approval

Posted by Anonymous
Rapid oral HIV test wins FDA approval
Friday, March 26, 2004 Posted: 4:02 PM EST (2102 GMT)




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MIRATES TEST HOME RAPID TEST

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Can anyone tell me if they have used the Mirates self home test with rapid results. This test has been approved in many of the EU countries. It's not a scam test like so many others. It's a real approved HIV test from the Netherlands. Can you get... Read more »

Types of test?

Posted by T_BOOGIE, 3 Replies
Does the type of test you take really make a difference, like besides the rapid test. I dont know what kind of test i took but the last one i took was negative. Does the type of test make that big of a difference? Read more »