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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Hiv (Definition)

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


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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).

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

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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

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

Please clarify: First none of the std tests are valid. They were all done way too soon to gave any accuracy from this simple encounter. Second getting a massage is in no way a risk for stds. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Infectious Disease: No testing would be done on a dried stain of blood. I know of no lab or process that would test such. And a dried stain of blood would not be contagious for HIV or hepatitis. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No risk: There is little or no risk from this sort of exposure. Hepatitis C is rare except in people who catch it by more direct blood exposure, such as sharing drug injection equipment with other persons. Don't worry about this event. ...Read more

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Might it be that a potassium blood testing also detect hiv?

Might it be that a potassium blood testing also detect hiv?

Potassium and HIV: Checking one's potassium level will give you no information on the HIV status of that person. The most common HIV tests look for HIV antibodies in your body, rather than looking for HIV itself. Ask your doctor for more information. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more