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Dried Blood Spot Testing For Hiv
Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more
Can you get HIV from a dry blood spot on a tissue? I used it to wipe and saw it, wasn't my blood! Do I need testing? (The tissue was at my house).
Not likely: For HIV to be infective....it needs to be in a medium that supports millions/billions of virons (think of it as having to get to a certain concentration). That's not going to be a spot on a piece of toilet tissue. Were talking fresh bodily fluids for the most part. Then, you need a receptive site for infection..probably not the one you described. Finally, the virus dies fast outside the body. ...Read more
Multiple spots of blood found on a sandwich I was consuming. Concerned about HIV and other disease exposure. What is the risk or testing required?
Blood spots: This could be from infected gums. How long has it been since your last dental examination and professional cleaning? Recommend 2 appointments. See hour Dentist for evaluation of your oral health. See hour Physician to discuss "HIV and other disease exposure." Be candid with both about your lifestyle, any meds that you take, and any diseases to which you think you may have been exposed. ...Read more
Woke up today found 2 small black spots on the inside of my cheek. They look like dried blood. What are they? Cancer? HIV? HPV? They go and come back.
None of th: The description does not suggest anything you mentioned. Have an oral surgeon take a look. ...Read more
Are these Fordyce spots or something nasty? I had a nude massage by a call girl 6 mo ago, but not have sexual intercourse. A week after, dr swab tested for (herpes), blood work hiv, std, all negative
Can a pin head size dried stain of blood be tested for HIV and hep b? What's the technique / test called? If not, how much is needed?
Possible dried blood spot on hand towel. Washed hands and then dried with said towel and then rubbed my eye. Hepatitis C risk? Need testing?
You may need to: contact them directly for that information.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can you contract HIV or other blood-borne diseases from eating a sandwich that had blood on it. How worried should I be and what testing should I get?
Why would urine be used to test for HIV and not blood? How accurate is urine for testing for hiv?
Blood is optimal: Blood tests are more sensitive, but antibodies are also present in the urine and collecting urine specimen is easier than collecting blood. Oral fluid can also be tested for HIV antibody. A positive urine screening test, like a blood screening test would need confirmatory testing, generally by testing blood. Urine can be used for confirmatory testing but a negative result may not be reliable. ...Read more
8 week HIV blood test at drs then 13 week HIV rapid finger prick test at testing centre. Both negative. Can I believe I am HIV free?
What does conventional HIV blood testing mean? And how accurate is this test if done in accredited lab after 3 years of passible exposure?
Very accurate: If the screening test is negative you have no worries. ...Read more
How accurate r my results for HIV? Neg STI blood work @7wks & neg Oraquick rapid oral HIV test @10wks after risk. Testing again in 1mth, still worried
Very accurate: The oral fluids HIV antibody test is the only one that sometimes takes 3 months to be positive. (All blood tests these days are conclusive by 4-8 weeks, depending on the specific test.) However, at 10 weeks your result is well over 95% accurate, so it is extremely unlikely you have HIV. Stay relaxed while you wait for your final test; it will be negative. Good luck and stay safe. ...Read more
Low WBC of 3.2 repeated blood tests, still low next day. Doctor testing me for viral stuff. What's the chances I have HIV? No HIV risk factors.
Had STD testing (blood draw) done for HIV which was "non reactive". I have eye floaters and lately white rings/ coated tongue. What is going on?
Vitreous detachment: Floaters are usually secondary to vitreous detachment from the retina. This is a normal aging process and it can start as early as teens in a highly nearsighted person to into the 60's. But when you first notice it u need to see an eye md to make sure there are no retinal tears. Your mouth lesions may be candida and from a lot of stress and not necessarily HIV related. See your primary md. ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more