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Virus or bacteria: The NAT test is used to detect a virus or a bacteria. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nucleic_acid_test However any test result is only of value when taking into account any symptoms you have and your overall health. Ask your doctor , it one was done, why the test was ordered. ...Read more
Is nat-p/phos 12c the right remedy for infant reflux? She is taking 1 tablet daily but still struggling?
Reflux: Try small frequent (6) meals.Have your child sit up for a half an hour after eating. ...Read more
35 M with TC = 182, LDL 115, HDL 41 Tri 130 in August 2015. Eat 5 fruits a day. Is this too much natural sugar? If so how much daily nat sugar?
Trigs: Your fruit intake is not the cause of your increase in triglycerides. Triglycerides can fluctuate a daily basis based on the fat content in your previous meals despite fasting. Alcohol also can raise triglycerides. For diabetics I tell them to aim for between 100 and 150 grams of carbohydrates a day. ...Read more
Is regular PCR&NAT tst detect both Hiv1&2 or need specific1fr HiV2,am in Ghana I did NAT 4 WK post exposure & PCR 21WK,both Neg.sample sent to france?
HIV diagnosis: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first rapid Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) test for the simultaneous detection of HIV-1 p24 antigen as well as antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 in human serum, plasma, and venous or fingerstick whole blood specimens. Approved for use as an aid in the diagnosis of HIV-1 and HIV-2 infection, the Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo test is also the first FDA-approved test that independently distinguishes results for HIV-1 p24 antigen and HIV antibodies in a single test. The test can be used by trained professionals in outreach settings to identify HIV-infected individuals who might not be able to be tested in traditional health care settings. The test does not distinguish between antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV-2, and is not intended to be used for screening of blood donors. HIV infection can result in the development of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. HIV damages the body’s defense mechanisms by destroying specific blood cells, called CD4+ T cells, which are crucial to helping the body fight diseases. Two types of HIV have been identified, HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for most HIV infections throughout the world. HIV-2 is found primarily in West Africa; however, cases of HIV-2 infection have been reported in North America and Europe. Window period Antibody tests may give false negative (no antibodies were detected despite the presence of HIV) results during the window period, an interval of three weeks to six months between the time of HIV infection and the production of measurable antibodies to HIV seroconversion. Most people develop detectable antibodies approximately 30 days after infection, although some seroconvert later. The vast majority of people (97%) have detectable antibodies by three months after HIV infection; a six-month window is extremely rare with modern antibody testing ...Read more
Does NAT test accurate for detecting HIV-2?
is there a PCR specific for HIV2 or Hiv PCR detect both as I was told by my HP there is none specific
HIV is a virus, thus: no test is perfectly accurate. Study: http://www.questdiagnostics.com/testcenter/testguide.action%3Fdc%3DTG_HIV_Management & https://www.google.com/#q=HIV%20testing for reasonable information on current clinically available technology. You are on the right track to study the issues yourself. You have the most vested interest & are your own primary medical decision maker (physician if you will). ...Read more