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Hi..Please tell how much reliable is rapid detection at home HIV test kit?And please tell me how it is done.Is it done in morning or any time?

Hi..Please tell how much reliable is rapid detection at home HIV test kit?And please tell me how it is done.Is it done in morning or any time?

HIV Testing: It is very accurate as long as you are three to six months past the exposure. If you are not this far past the exposure the test should be avoided. If you have real risk of HIV there is a better test that can be definite at 21 days post exposure. This is the HIV RNA viral test. The time of day one does this kind of test does not matter in any way. ...Read more

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Ca125 (Definition)

Ca-125 (cancer antigen 125 or carbohydrate antigen 125) is a biomarker/tumor marker for ovarian cancer (etc); however, it is not sensitive or specific enough to use as a screening test. Also, a uk study showed that treating based on ca125 level did not improve outcomes. "125" comes from the 125th attempt to develop a marker. It was introduced by bast ...Read more


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Positive opk, no cervical mucus, how do i know if i ovulated? which is the most reliable way to detect ovulation? anything about conception will help!

Positive opk, no cervical mucus, how do i know if i ovulated? which is the most reliable way to detect ovulation? anything about conception will help!

Ovulation test: The ovulation predictor test is the moser reliable for detecting ovulation. Some fertility problems can be caused by problems with cervical mucous. If you ovulate and still have problems conceiving, intrauterine insemination with your partners sperm could be the solution. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how accurate "ca 19.9" blood test is for detecting cancer?

Can you tell me how accurate "ca 19.9" blood test is for detecting cancer?

Not good: Ca 19.9 can be useful to determine if a cancer is of pancreatic or biliary origin and most often is used to monitor response to therapy. It is not a screening test as it can go up in non malignant conditions and does not go up in all cancers. It is not meant to be drawn to "see if there's cancer". Best yo you. ...Read more

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How often should one have the ca 125 test done?

How often should one have the ca 125 test done?

Screening? No: Ca 125 is not a screening test. It can be elevated for reasons other than cancer. It should be used for follow up of certain cancers ie ovarian cancer. Even then, it is done periodically as part of surveillance strategy. Also used to help the clinician decide if a patient who is on chemotherapy is responding or not & some oncologists obtain them per 'cycle' of chemotherapy i.e. Every 3-4 wks. ...Read more

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I did the ca125 test. How accurately does it show cancer?

Not a diagnostic: Marker for cancer. Ca 125 is not a good test for making a diagnois of cancer. It is more useful for monitoring the course of a cancer associated with elevated ca 125 levels. ...Read more

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Is the blood test called ca 125 to check the uterus for cancer, a good test?

Is the blood test called ca 125 to check the uterus for cancer, a good test?

No: It is not. It is often used as such but: a hint of oca requires careful investigation, often surgery. Ca-125 gives many "false positives" so some surgeries would have been unnecessary . This would be ok with those who had oca, but perhaps not with those who did not. Ca-125 also gives "false negatives". This is worse, as the reassurance was misleading! pelvic sonography is a better tool. ...Read more

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How accurate is urine home pregnancy test? If yed wt is the best way to do it

How accurate is urine home pregnancy test? If yed wt is the best way to do it

Very accurate: The test is very accurate if performed correctly at the right time. See the product literature for these details. If you test after you have missed your period the test is very reliable. If there is some concern the test was performed incorrectly - repeat the test in a few days. ...Read more

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What is the blood test ca 19-9 done for?

What is the blood test ca 19-9 done for?

Pancreatic cancer: Although ca 19-9 is often elevated in patients with pancreatic cancer, it can also be increased in patients with other gastrointestinal cancers, cirrhosis, pancreatitis and diseases of the bile ducts. Likewise, even if there is a tumor in the pancreas, the ca 19-9 may be normal in approximately 10% of the population that does not express that serum marker. It needs to be interpreted in context. ...Read more

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How reliable is the ca125 test for ovarian cancer?

How reliable is the ca125 test for ovarian cancer?

CA 125: Ca 125 is not a reliable test to look for ovarian cancer. It is used in follow up of a woman with ovarian cancer or similar cancers. ...Read more

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How accurate is the ANA direct blood test? What is the test used for?

How accurate is the ANA direct blood test?  What is the test used for?

Explanation : This test is not very specific and used often as addition to sed rate, rheumatoid factor and other specific tests for diagnosis of rheumatic and autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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How accurate are home pregnency tests and what does single line on it means and best way to take home preg. Test ???

How accurate are home pregnency tests and what does single line on it means and best way to take home preg. Test ???

Read instructions!: Girls can follow directions! I hope. All the pregnancy tests have specific instructions for how to use them, when to use them, and how to read the results. Different brands have different rules. Read the instructions. If negative and no period repeat in 1 week and/or see MD. Use protection! Unprotected sex causes more (and worse) things than pregnancy (like sexually transmitted diseases) ...Read more

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Hi, i want to know about the EEG test. Hi, i want to know about the EEG test. 1 . Is there 3 steps to the test? 2. How long does each step of test last?

Hi, i want to know about the EEG test. Hi, i want to know about the EEG test.

1 . Is there  3 steps to the test?

2. How long does each step of  test last?

An : An eeg test or electroencephalogram is an electrical test. Often called a brainwave test it is similar to an electrocardiogram of the heart. It involves placing numerous electrodes on the scalp and recording electrical activity generated by your brain. The newer recording devices are computerized and have made the recordings faster. In the old days a series of recordings were made sampling activity from one set of electrodes compared to electrodes on the opposite side of the scalp using multiple combinations of electrodes. This is now done via computer. There is a portion of the test that measures the response of the brain waves to hyperventilation(heavy breathing) and a third part looks at the brain's response to strobe light flashing at different frequencies. Depending on what your doctor is suspecting she may request that you stay up late the night before and skip coffee to enable you to sleep during the test. Sometimes the test is done in the fasting state but not usually. An ordinary waking eeg usually takes about a half an hour. If a sleep study is requested. It will be longer. Occasionally 24 hour monitoring may be requested. This is done with video monitoring in the hospital if epilepsy is a question. Occasionally the patient is hooked up and allowed to go home with the electrodes and a recording device that stay on for a day. There is no discomfort associated with the test. ...Read more

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What is the most reliable way to test my blood sugar?

What is the most reliable way to test my blood sugar?

Laboratory, but: Laboratory determined blood glucose is the best as long as the blood is spun immidiately(separate cell from serum)or is collected in a specil tube where red cells are destroyed, because red cell will continue to break down glucose if not processed immidiately. On the other hand, home blood glucose monitors are also quite reliable specially for day to day decision making. ...Read more

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Going to test at the clinic, i have 8 positives and 1 negative home pregnancy tests. How accurate is the test at the clinic?

Going to test at the clinic, i have 8 positives and 1 negative home pregnancy tests. How accurate is the test at the clinic?

Accurate: if you have a missed period for 2 weeks by urine and if tested by blood sooner. 8 positive tests at home very likely means you are pregnant. All the best. ...Read more

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What to do if I have just done a siemens hCG clinitest pregnancy test. what does the result mean?

What to do if I have just done a siemens hCG clinitest pregnancy test. what does the result mean?

Look at Instructions: Home Pregnancy tests come with instructions on how to perform the test and how to interpret the test results. If you are unsure or the test is equivocal, you can either wait and repeat the test in a few days or go to your primary doctor or an urgent care clinic. ...Read more

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How reliable is a 5 hiaa 24h urine test. Is it diagnostic. What are the main symptoms for this kind of test, if positive what are follow up test. Ta?

How reliable is a 5 hiaa 24h urine test. Is it diagnostic. What are the main symptoms for this kind of test, if positive what are follow up test. Ta?

Screening: A 24 hour urine collection for 5hiaa is a screening test for carcinoid syndrome. There are certain foods and meds that need to be avoided for several days prior to the test as they can lead to false positives. Carcinoid syndrome often presents with episodes of flushing, diarrhea and wheezing. ...Read more