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Are hiv rna tests reliable? Is it known to give false positives? I've been testing negative but afraid to take any test that gives lots a falsepositive
RNA PCR Rare false+:
Both Qualitative and Quantitative HIV PCR testing have very low rates of false positivity!
So if HIV 1 Real time PCR quantitation is Positive for 30 or more copies /ml of blood It means you have active HIV Virus in your bloodstream even if it is at low titer! HIV Non Progressors have Positive ELISA/Western Blot Testing but negative HIV Viral load! So HIV does not replicate in their bloodstream ...Read more
As high as 15%: The sweat chloride test is still the gold standard diagnostic test for cystic fibrosis. The accuracy of this test is highly dependent on the method used and the lab it is performed in. I only trust a result that is performed in a center that is certified by the cystic fibrosis foundation. Some reasons for false positives include: lab error, malnutrition, & eczema. ...Read more
28 yr f. 8 + pregnant test. Period 1.5 weeks late. Ov cancer causes false positives? Worried. Do women still get their monthly periods with ovarian cancer?
Not ovarian cancer: Only in very rare cases does ovarian cancer cause a positive pregnancy test. Embryonal cell carcinomas, ovarian choriocarcinomas, mixed germ cell tumors, and some dysgerminomas are the only ovarian cancers that produce HCG (positive pregnancy test). All of these types of tumors comprise less than 5% of all ovarian cancers. Have your local ob/gyn get an ultrasound of your pelvis. ...Read more
I've had two false positives for syphilis. I'm weak and my heart has been bothering me. Urine smells like cheese and vaginal burning and itch. Bodysore?
Yeast infection?: False positive syphilis blood tests (often abbreviated BFP for "biological false positive") are fairly common, and generally do not indicate any sort of health problem. Your BFP test has nothing to do with your other symptoms. "Vaginal burning and itch" suggest yeast infection. Keep working with your doctor; it should be easy to diagnose this, and perhaps the strong smelling urine. Good luck! ...Read more
I’m having an eeg done I have epilepsy, should I stop taking Sudafed, hydrocodone, & herbal supplements? Will they cause false positives on eeg?
My dad has talked to himself as long as I can remember. Alone, and in public. It's never positive either. Should I get him help?
Yes get him examined: Yes it is a good idea to have him evaluated to find out why he is doing that. It may be touretts syndrome or another neurological/psychiatric condition and he may be able to be helped after the diagnosis is made. ...Read more
Are there any good positive self talk phrases to replace negative self talk I've developed from having stress, anxiety, and depression for years?
Many: Positive self talk can be very powerful when it reminds you to see things objectively and brings to mind your specific strengths and skills when you have faced difficult situations in past. Avoid overly generalized or placating statements which are easily dismissed. ...Read more
I.Had gonorrhea got tested positive I had heavy WBC is, thats, a good thing. I'm talking about my heavy wbc?
Can nembutal cause a positive EEG in a teenager who was talking the pills for sleepinf one pos EEG one neg. Dr said pill caused seizure?
Not likely: Nembutal is a barbiturate used for antianxiety purposes and sedation. It does not cause seizures. In adolescence it is not uncommon for a person to have a single seizure and not a recurrence. It is long enough that you should not expect a recurrence. ...Read more
Can nembutal cause a positive EEG in a teenager who was talking the pills for sleep one pos EEG one neg. Dr said pill caused seizure?
Nembutal: Nembutal is a barbiturate that is actually indicated to control seizure disorders, in addition to the sedative effect prescribed for your teen. It does have idiosyncratic side effects on the cns, and can cause sg abnormalities, especially if your teen was using other meds or ingested alcohol. I presume the Nembutal was discontinued and something else rxd for sleep? If so, there should be no sequel. ...Read more
Can nembutal cause a positive EEG in a teenager who was talking the pills for sleepinf one pos EEG one neg. Dr said pill caused seizure. He was taking?
Nembutal: Yes. Nembutal contains a barbiturate and although these have been used for decades to treat seizure disorders, they can cause eeg changes and even evoke a seizure. It is best to switch to a non- barbiturate formulation, like dalmane (flurazepam). Having said that, the use of potentially addicting sleep medications in a child is problematic, and you may want to discuss alternatives, such as anti histamines. ...Read more
Can you tell me my diagnosis? I have really bad pains in my throat. From the roof of my mouth down to my chest, I can't eat or talk. When I talk I am very hoarse and my throat is red. My mom thinks I may have tonsillitis but we are not positive. I have l
Generally speaking, do gram positive or gram-negative bacteria cause prostatits/epidymitis infections. Generally speaking based off your experience.
I have a mouth sore an it's at the lining of my gums and under my tounge, the gums where my teeth r swollen, and when I put my tounge on it it makes my teeth right above the sore numb what do I do and who do I talk to?
How long?: Mouth sores can occur for a variety of reasons. You may have a gum infection, tooth infection or you may have simply traumatized the tissue. If the sore has been there longer than 2 weeks and is not healing on its own, you should have it looked at by a dentist. The dentist may order an x-ray to help with the diagnosis. Healthy gums are not swollen and do not cause the surrounding teeth to be numb. ...Read more
Singing / chanting: Fyi: perhaps you have discovered that when you sing or when you chant (not that you probably do either all that often!), you don't stutter. It's interesting; apparently singing and chanting tap into different parts of the brain (not the speech center that is activated when you speak). I have worked with several psychotherapy patients who appeared to "outgrow" their stuttering. ...Read more
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Anxiety: Is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety insomnia, chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations and parasthesia. The antidepressants should be in sync with cognitive behavior therapy and constant mood monitoring. ...Read more
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See below: Most infants are cooing by 2 to 4 months of age. They will then start with consonant sounds around 6 months of age. They maybe saying mama or dada, non-specifically, at 9 months of age. And, using mama and dada, correctly, and saying about 3 words or meaningful sounds. There is a lot of variability in development. And, any concerns should be discussed. ...Read more
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