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What is the principle behind PCR/NAAT test, in the context of HIV, especially compared to antigen/antibody test?

So here's my limited understanding of how viral infections work. Some virus enters the body and causes an infection. The virus then begins to replicate itself. It takes some time for there to be ...
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What would be the chances of catching HIV when getting a blood donation from a man who has sex with Men?

Around the world organizations that seek blood donations usually have a policy to discourage men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood. This is due to the risk of Human Immunodeficiency ...
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If an HIV test was done using a chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay (CMIA), does it mean it screens for HIV 2 and/or is a 4th generation test?

If an HIV test was done using a chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay (CMIA): does it mean that it screened for HIV 2 and/or is a 4th generation test? On http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/bugdrug/...
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Risk of HIV transmission during blood test?

If I as an healthy individual get my blood work done for preventative reasons (health checkup etc...) at mass testing labs (Labcorp) or smaller local internal medicine practices - what are the chances ...
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How many mL of blood is typically drawn for a HIV blood test?

I hope this isn't too broad or unanswerable a question but I'm wondering how many mL of blood serum are typically drawn out for a blood test for HIV. What's the minimum that's typically required?
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Are all types of HIV detected in routine blood tests?

There are two main types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. The more common type HIV-1 has several groups and subtypes [1]. Do all of these show up on routine HIV blood tests?
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