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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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Should I be tested for HIV?

Should I be tested for HIV?

Yes: If you are worried, and have had risk factors for HIV, you should be tested. You can be tested at a public health clinic or with your doctor. You also can get information about how to protect yourself from HIV and other STD's. ...Read more

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Can a baby be tested for hiv?

Can a baby be tested for hiv?

Yes: If under 1 year of age, the best test to perform would be a pcr for hiv. This detects actual viral particles in the baby's system. Antibody testing may give a false positive in young babies due to circulating antibodies passed from the mother to the fetus during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How do I know if i need to be tested for hiv?

How do I know if i need to be tested for hiv?

If you have: Engaged in high risk behaviors - would get tested. ...Read more

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How to know if I no longer need to be tested for hiv?

HIV testing: If the test is negative and enough time has passed for that test to be valid. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is 6 weeks long enough to wait to be tested for hiv?

Can you tell me is 6 weeks long enough to wait to be tested for hiv?

HIV testing: Most people will develop antibodies to HIV 6 weeks after exposure. Current (4th generation) HIV tests look for evidence of viral antigen as well as antibody. Please request that you be tested with this particular type of test. ...Read more

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If my immunoglobulin levels are normal, should I still be tested for HIV?

Have test if at risk: If you are potentially at risk for HIV, for sure get tested. Also, CDC and public health experts recommend an HIV test once for everyone age 13-64, even if no known risk. Immunoglobulin levels have no effect. No illnesses or medications are known to cause problems with HIV testing. (In theory chemotherapy or immune suppression could do so, but in reality there are no reports that it has happened.) ...Read more

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How long after having unprotected sex should I wait to accurately be tested for hiv?

Probably a few weeks: Per the cdc, most people w/ a new HIV infection will be positive on an antibody test by 25 days after exposure. Research shows that 99.8% of people r positive by 3 months. Standard antibody testing is highly accurate, >99%. Early detection HIV tests pick up HIV a bit sooner. 9 - 11 days 4 RNA testing, 2 - 3 weeks 4 dna testing. Sexualhealth.Com or your doctor can guide you. Repeat test @ 3 months! ...Read more

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Do you think I should still be tested for HIV even if my immunoglobulin levels are normal?

Do you think I should still be tested for HIV even if my immunoglobulin levels are normal?

HIV: Hiv does not affect immunoglobulins in the short term, it affects the cd4 count. If you have reason to believe you have been exposed to HIV you should be tested for it. ...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