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What to do if I had 2 positive home pregnancy tests, 2 negative urine tests @ clinic, & 1 negative blood test @ lab?

What to do if I had 2 positive home pregnancy tests, 2 negative urine tests @ clinic, & 1 negative blood test @ lab?

Not pregnant: If blood HCG is negative, you are not currently pregnant. Call GYN if you go more than 8 weeks from your last period without getting another period.For more info: www.askyourgynecologist.org ...Read more

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How do doctors test for Zika Virus?

How do doctors test for Zika Virus?

We ask Questions 1st: Doctor's determine Zika Virus by first determining clinic symptoms. Meaning if a patient has symptoms like fevers, rashes, muscle pains or red eyes. Then we think of the possiblility of Zika and ask questions about travel history like to Brazil and make sure it is not something else like dengue. Then we test the blood for presence of Zika Virus which is done through the CDC. ...Read more

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What STDs do doctors test for through urinalysis??

What STDs do doctors test for through urinalysis??

None: A urinalysis on its own does not test for STDs. Special cultures need to be ordered. In the case of urine assays, gonorrhea and chlamydia screening and T mycoplasma/ureaplasma testing can be done. Other STDs require blood tests. If you are concerned about possible exposure, take to your doctor right away about appropriate testing. ...Read more

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Can I take 2 western blot HIV tests?

Can I take 2 western blot HIV tests?

Yes: Of course the lab would be happy to accept your money for repeat testing - but the question is why a repeat western blot. If the elisa antibody screen is negative you do not need western blot confirmation, and if it is positive but the western blot results suggested biological false-positive results, then if you do not believe these, a PCR for viral nucleic acid is the best answer. ...Read more

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What tests do hospitals like kaiser use when they test for HIV antibodies?

What tests do hospitals like kaiser use when they test for HIV antibodies?

A bood test: Is usually done to eval for hiv. Best wishes and hope for negative results for whomever is considering to get tested! ...Read more

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Do doctors test for herpes and hepatic when pregnant?

Do doctors test for herpes and hepatic when pregnant?

Maybe: Herpes isn't a 'standard' pregnancy test, but if you tell your doctor you're worried about stds then most doctors will test for it at that point in time. I wasn't sure what you meant by hepatic (meaning, liver). Hepatitis b and c? Those are also common std tests. If you're worried for even a second, it's always better to be safe, get tested if you could have been exposed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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2 false pos ELISA HIV tests, all 1 1/2 years post exposure. Neg western blot, ifa, naat and 2 neg oraquick home tests. What is my HIV status? Help!

2 false pos ELISA HIV tests, all 1 1/2 years post exposure. Neg western blot, ifa, naat and 2 neg oraquick home tests. What is my HIV status? Help!

Likely negative: There is typically a "window" of 3-6 months after exposure where you could be HIV positive but test negative. Since you didn't get your testing until well after that, i'd say the confirmatory tests (western blot, ifa) are what you should go by. The elisa is very sensitive and can have false positives- that's why we rely on the confirmatory tests. I would consider your status to be negative. ...Read more

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Do they test for genital herpes in prenatal STD tests?

Do they test for genital herpes in prenatal STD tests?

No: No, unless you have a history of herpes or lesions that look suspicious. Sometimes a pap smear can see cells that look suspicious for herpes which may then prompt a recommendation to actually do a specific test for herpes during a subsequent office visit. ...Read more

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Is the lloyds pharmacy home HIV blood test accurate?

Is the lloyds pharmacy home HIV blood test accurate?

Unsure: There are only a couple of fda approved home HIV test kits. Lloyds may just be distributing a test for another company. You should go on-line and specifically see if an fda approval has been issued for the name of the manufacturer. Make sure you test exactly as stated, no exceptions. Follow instructions explicitly for the results to be meaningful. ...Read more

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How accurate are tests these days. Like hiv. Stool test. Cancer test.

How accurate are tests these days. Like hiv. Stool test. Cancer test.

Lab tests: Are only as good as the doc who interprets them an then treats. If the lab is federally certified it has met certain standards. Using the same lab for comparison to previous testing is best. So, lab testing can be extremely helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Are Lyme tests Elisa & western blot actually unreliable half the time like holistic/naturopath doctors or LLMD's say?

Are Lyme tests Elisa & western blot actually unreliable half the time like holistic/naturopath doctors or LLMD's say?

Not true: Naturopaths spend a great deal of time and effort promoting themselves by debunking conventional medicine. But who do you think they go to when they are sick? The tests you mention are mostly reliable but there is a small margin of error for any tests. To say these are unreliable at the 50% level is marketing and untrue. ...Read more

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Why do so many doctors on Health Tapp recommend NAAT tests for HIV testing when HIV professionals recommend the 4th gen test as a better test.

Why do so many doctors on Health Tapp recommend NAAT tests for HIV testing when HIV professionals recommend the 4th gen test as a better test.

It depends...: You need to read the context of each question. Which test is "better" depends on the clinical situation. Indeed 4th generation (antigen/antibody) tests usually are sufficient and should be the usual recommendation. But NAAT for HIV RNA or DNA (in addition to antibody testing) is proper when the risk is especially high or if there is clinical suspicion of acute retroviral syndrome (ARS). ...Read more

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How accurate are home test kits for mrsa?

How accurate are home test kits for mrsa?

MRSA: As with many home tests errors can occur, if you feel you actively have an MRSA infection or you are a carrier please discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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I just read that they do a confirmatory test called a western blot after the ELISA HIV test. Why?

I just read that they do a confirmatory test called a western blot after the ELISA HIV test. Why?

Confirm the results: Hiv elisa test is a screening test and has a few false positive resuilts. Western blot test looks for and confirms that HIV genetic material is in the sample. ...Read more

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How accurate are at home STD tests like blood testing for syphillis and herpes?

How accurate are at home STD tests like blood testing for syphillis and herpes?

Home tests: I have not heard of those tests being reliable or not so it is best to see your healthcare worker for testing. ...Read more

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Are home UTI tests accurate? What if I'm positive for leukocytes at home but negative for urine culture?

Are home UTI tests accurate? What if I'm positive for leukocytes at home but negative for urine culture?

Fairly accurate: White blood cells can appear in the urine for many reasons, including bladder infection, irritation of the urethra, inflammation of the bladder (cystitis), genital rashes or inflammation due to hygiene issues or retained debris. ...Read more