Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests

TheBody regularly partners with some of the leading HIV care providers in the country to bring you information about every aspect of HIV/AIDS -- prevention, treatment, legal issues, mental health concerns, you name it. This section on understanding HIV-related lab test results is a prime example: Throughout these pages, you'll see questions from real folks, along with answers from top experts in the field.

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What is syphilis of 1:1

I have syphilis of 1:1 , may I know what does it mean? I had secondary and I'm under medication. Thanks

By Mark Holodniy, M.D.

syphilis

my vdrl is 1:32 after treatment it is same as before treatment am i safe

By Mark Holodniy, M.D.

hepatitis B?!

Hey Dr, I'm hiv positive gay male on atripla with decent cd4 around 700 and undetectable viral load. I hooked up with someone..we Only kissed each other... I received oral sex from him for 4 minutes maybe but i didn't ejaculate in his mouth...i rubbe...

By Mark Holodniy, M.D.

Positive RPR 1:1 negative FTA

I was tested positive for Syphilis. Titer 1:1 w/negative FTA-ABS. The Physician referred me to the Health Department for a second test and treatment. Could this mean its most likely a false positive? I am very concerned and would appreciate your repl...

By Mark Holodniy, M.D.

Positive TPPA but Negative RPR. Is this Syphilis?

Ive had the following tests done: January: - Positive Treponemal AB (unsure of the method used) - Negative RPR - Negative MHATP - All other STDS were non-reactive and negative. April: - Positive Treponema Pallidum AB, Particle Agglutination - Negativ...

By Mark Holodniy, M.D.

VIRAL LOAD AND CD4'S COUNTS

Hello, I am curious about one issue with my labs: I have been undetectable for several years, yet my CD4 count has been falling. It would seem logical that if my CD4 count lowers down, then my Viral Load should start to rise up, shouldn't it? Isn't a...

By Mark Holodniy, M.D.

MMR IgG Negative

Hi, With the recent news about measles outbreaks around I asked my primary care Dr for an MMR IgG test. All came back negative for immunity (not surprising as I was vaccinated back in the 1960s). Question is, my ID Dr said I shouldn't get a booster s...

By Mark Holodniy, M.D.

Can I Trust Food Allergy Test Results?

Are blood and Rast food allergy test results reliable for HIV/AIDS patients?

By Mark Holodniy, M.D.

Anonymous

Hi can I take my purbac double strength and arv's at the same time

By Mark Holodniy, M.D.

Questions about Syphillis Treatment

In 2011, i was diagnosed with syphillis and was treated with 2 shots. In 2017, I was asked why I was given a treatment because my results were nonreactive. Today, received a call about my RPR being reactive at 1:2 and my TPPA nonreactive, which was t...

By Mark Holodniy, M.D.