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Types Of Std Testing
Lupus, old age...: False-positive syphilis screens are common in older folks and especially in lupus; that's why we follow up. The herpes antibody blood tests are notoriously unreliable. Interpreting microbiology smears requires expertise; i once had to defend a bogus "child abuse" case in which a pediatrician mistook chickenpox for gonorrhea based on his ignorance interpreting a lab test. ...Read more
This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more
Which HIV tests are considered genetic?what the meaning of genetic test?is HIV DNA PCR a genetic test?and what type of test can detect all HIV types?
Many: It depends on which cancer you are looking for; there isn't just one test for all cancers. At your age, 30, the only cancer screening test recommended for all women is a pap test every 3 years. For a complete list of recommendations by age/gender (if you have an ipad/ipod/ipad is see the prevention checklist 2013 app. ...Read more
STD screening: Chlamydia & gonorrhea if you are a sexually active woman, especially with multiple partners & condoms were not used. Same for men especially those who have sex with men. Screen for syphilis if "sore" is present. HPV test if female over age 30. HIV at least once & yearly if at risk (multiple partners, test +ve for Chlamydia or gonorrhea or IV drug user) Same for syphilis & hepatitis ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but complicated: Trying to tell whether a person has HIV-1, HIV-2, or both, can get complicated. If a person has high risk exposures or has symptoms, he can see an HIV Infectious Disease doctor and trust the advice, but follow-up as instructed. There are many different tests (usually by various manufacturers) in different parts of the world, which happen to have different prevalences for various HIV strains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whats the procedure of getting tested for different types of stds? Especially those which has a symptom of penile discharge.
Probably 4.: There are 4 known ways of testing for HIV and probably more being developed. Initial testing is by elisa (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), and if positive, confirmed by western blot or immunofluorescence assay (ifa). Less often, nucleic acid testing can help in diagnosis, but can be inconclusive due to insufficient sample, so another is collected and tested. ...Read more
Bloodwork: Celiac disease is usually screened for (in the right patient) with blood tests. Depending on the results of these blood tests, you may be referred to a gastroenterologist to get a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. You have to be on a regular diet (not gluten-free!) for these tests to be valid. ...Read more
Besides low-risk strains of HPV & secondary stage of syphilis, are there any other possible causes for genital warts?
Here are some...: Genital wart is specific for HPV-infected skin lesions. Known to us, one with one kind of STD has higher likelihood to have other kinds of STD coming along. Specific for HPV, many of the HPV-infected may remain asymptomatic and in 2-3 years, they become clear if no reinfection occurs. More? Ask the treating Doc for detail. ...Read more
Nothing: Almost all penile discharge is due to an STD, usually gonorrhea, chlamydia, or nongonococcal urethritis. NGU is sometimes mistaken for a non-STD problem because no standard STD shows up on testing. But you only get it from sex. You and your sex partner(s) need treatment. Don't screw around with this; get care promptly. ...Read more
90 days: Regarding the window period, if you may have been exposed to syphilis less than 3 months ago (window period) and get tested for syphilis, there is a risk of a false negative. There are many types of syphilis tests, including a rapid HIV-syphilis test and a rapid test for syphilis, both for use at the point of care. Most tests for syphilis are looking for antibodies. ...Read more