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Why Can't Semen Be Tested for HIV?

It is understood that HIV can only be detected by blood samples. Am I right or wrong? Why can't semen be tested for traces of HIV?

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In Mexico, confused by results

Hi Dr Mark, I had unprotected anal sex, I was passive, with a prostitute 5 months ago. I got a rapid test 10 days later and it was negative. I just started a new relationship and we both got tested. My new girlfriend had a lot of tests done for us bo...

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Need clarity

My viral load is undetectable and my t-cell is 1200+ however should I be alarmed if my absolute cd3 is 2312 and listed H. Also my absolute cd3/cd4 helper listed H showing 1403. Plus my ccd3/cd4 suppressor listed H at 876. Is this ok

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CD4 fluctuation

I have been on treatment for HIV for about 15 years. Once adequately treated, my viral load remained undetectable with a few minor blips here and there (none over 100). CD4 was initially 70, it stabilized in the 350-450 range. It has been bouncing be...

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Low CD4 and pneumonia

I was diagnosed in Dec 2016 , was on Stribild and now Genvoya . ( 1 month) . Doc suggests I take genvoya 5 days a week . That worries me as I know no evidence for lower dose! I am now recovering from a bacterial infection, pneumonia. I have been unde...

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Question about RNA result

Hello, I have been on ART (Atripla) for about 5+ months now. Last week I took a RNA test to check my viral load. The results were: 6.51 x 10(1) Because Im currently living in a country where I dont speak the language well, I was not able to obtain an...

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CD4 count drops 1000

My CD4 count was 1400. Recent test says it is 276. Viral load is still undetectable. I was in the hospital for asthma issues and a dog bite, a week prior to the new blood work. I go every 4 months for testing. Why the big drop? Also, I am taking Ge...

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Prednisolone and cd4 count

Does prednisolone cause viral load to drop I have been on steroids for a while and my cd4 count dropped to 260

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Hcv RNA test report

In PCR test I got report as <100 copies /ml what is its value in iu/l

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Positive Treponemal AB/Negative RPR. Syphilis?

These were my initial lab results that popped positive for Syphilis/Treponemal AB but negative for RPR and MHATP. The tests were done in January and my last exposure was in October. Because of a recorded Penicillin allergy back when I was a child, th...