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Various tests have been used to detect HIV and production of antibodies thereto; some HTs shown below are no longer actively used, but are listed for completeness and context. See HIV, Immunoblot.
HIV tests
Culture The direct culture of HIV in the appropriate cell–human lymphocytes
IgA assay An immunoblot-type assay which allows the early diagnosis in infants of perinatal HIV infection
p24 antigen The measurement of HIV's p24 antigen by immunoassay, confirmation by neutralization; very low sensitivity
PCR Amplification of HIV nucleotide sequences by PCR, used to confirm indeterminate Western blot results
RNA testing
Western blot An immune assay which detects specific antibodies to HIV antigens, including p24–often the first antibody to appear; low-risk individuals with a persisting indeterminant Western blot at 3 months may be regarded as negative and require no further followup

Patient discussion about HIV test

Q. The HIV test came back POSITIVE! My very close friend 'Demonte'. One day in December as he was returning from a business trip, his wife met him at the airport with terrible news. During a routine pregnancy check up, her doctor had administered an HIV test along with other blood-work. The HIV test came back POSITIVE! The doctor wanted to begin administering drugs immediately but the cost of these drugs here when compared to their family income was prohibitive. I helped him with some of my savings. He already sold his favorite sentimental car to save his precious wife. Now i want to know is there any NATURAL medicine to cure this? Hope it costs less and available.

A. there are no effective natural remedy for HIV. the medications are very hard ones that try to control the virus from spreading (cannot eliminate it though). no herbal remedy or nutrition change will do that.

Q. what tests do i need to do to check that i don't have HIV? and how long does it take to get an answer? i had unprotected sex with this girl i met , and i am really afraid , things just happened really quickly and we had sex and i did not use condom , what should i do ?

A. If you think that you have HIV or you just want to be sure, you should go to your nearest clinic and get tested. They will know what tests you would need to take. Some clinics even do this kind of testing for free. Here is a website on different testings a nd prices: You should always use precaution when having intercourse. You can never be to safe. Hope this helps.

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Rapid HIV testing should be performed for all women in labor who do not have documentation of results from an HIV test during pregnancy unless the patient declines (opt-out).
But, in spite of this, the rate of HIV testing in the country has remained low.
The testing policy acknowledges that implementation of routine HIV testing will depend on the situation in each country, including local epidemiology; the available infrastructure, financial and human resources; the standard of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support; and the existing social, policy and legal frameworks for protection against adverse consequences of HIV testing, such as HIV-related discrimination and violence.
I think we have to do a better job of getting our patients to understand the importance of HIV testing in pregnancy," said Dr.
The Perinatal Hotline provides around-the-clock advice on indications and interpretations of standard and rapid HIV testing in pregnancy as well as consultation on antiretroviral use in pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period.
With antenatal HIV testing, combination antiretroviral drugs, and safer infant feeding, the risk can be reduced to 1%-2%.
A report from North Carolina, where the state's 110 public HIV testing sites have offered the enhanced HIV testing since November 2002, provided the following information.
Rapid HIV Testing in doctor's offices throughout the US is a new market which, while difficult to quantify, will clearly be significant.
Some states have extended this to include the results of HIV testing.
MISSED OPPORTUNITIES One-hour HIV testing will be instrumental not just in low-income maternity wards, but also throughout inner cities where people seek health care only sporadically, says Sam Niedbala of OraSure Technologies, the Bethlehem, Pa.
Assemblyman George Runner says he will introduce legislation calling for mandatory HIV testing of all newborns under a two-year ``Baby AIDS'' pilot project in Los Angeles County.
Karen Murphy is reminding Pennsylvanians that June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and urges all Pennsylvanians to get tested for HIV as part of their routine health care.