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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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I did 4th Generation HIV test after around 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,14,15 weeks of an exposure. Is this 100% conclusive? can i get back safely to my wife

I did 4th Generation HIV test after around 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,14,15 weeks of an exposure.
Is this 100% conclusive? can i get back safely to my wife

Sero-conversion: The whole concept of delayed sero-conversion dates back to old & sloppy tests. PCR testing now will show virus in the blood with or without antibodies. If you need to cling to the old adages...at 6 months..99.99% of the population will have developed antibodies after an exposure..thus the 6 month window. I believe a colleague of mine Lyssette Cardona, MD is in Dubai..she's one of the best!! ...Read more

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How to get tested for hiv?

How to get tested for hiv?

HIV testing: Any physician can order this for you. Many communities also have STD testing clinics. ...Read more

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How can I get tested for HIV?

How can I get tested for HIV?

Any physician: Any physician in office practice can arrange for you to be tested or do the test in the office. ...Read more

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How often should you get tested for HIV?

How often should you get tested for HIV?

HIV testing: If you have never been tested before, you should get tested NOW to establish a baseline. Many cities have free and anonymous HIV testing. After your initial test, you do not need to get tested again unless you have engaged in risky behavior such as needle sharing or unprotected sex. Unprotected anal and vaginal sex are the most risky, especially for the receptive partner. Always practice safe sex! ...Read more

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When after should you get tested for hiv?

When after should you get tested for hiv?

HIV testing: Most people develop HIV antibodies within 2-8 weeks of their infection. The average is 25 days. 97% of people will develop detectable antibodies in the first 3 months. Rarely, it can take up to 6 months to develop antibody. If there's concern about acute hiv, a test that measures HIV RNA viral load can be done. The time between HIV infection and RNA detection is about 10 days. Talk with md. ...Read more

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What is a good way to deal when waiting to get tested for hiv?

What is a good way to deal when waiting to get tested for hiv?

Be strong: What's the worst that could happen? Having HIV on board is a lifetime of taking medications that may not be altogether pleasant, and will be a social handicap. It's no longer certain death. Something happened that put you at risk, but I am confident that you will remember other aspects of this experience, hopefully as having been wonderful. Think of your strengths. ...Read more

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Where and how to get tested for HIV 1 Group N and P?

Your doctor: your doctor office can arrange that or your local health dapertment can do that as well ...Read more

Dr. Lisa Oldson
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Hiv Test (Definition)

There are several ways to detect the HIV virus. The first is by antibodies. This includes eia (enzyme immuno assay). The rapid HIV tests are these types. The second way detects proteins on the viral coat (western blot). This is a gel plate electrophoresis. Thirdly there is pcr (polymerase chain reaction). This detects and amplifies dna allowing a viral ...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