Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 25, 2006
Private MD Lab Services, a national online lab test provider, is pleased to offer a new lab test that provides patients with early HIV detection. HIV Proviral DNA by PCR significantly reduces the amount of required waiting time between exposure to the virus and the ability to detect it.
Until recently, the ELISA HIV test was the most widely recognized and recommended test for detecting HIV. This popular test does not identify the virus, but does identify the production of antibodies associated with the immune system response to HIV. Because these antibodies are produced at varying rates in different individuals, a client must wait from 3 to 6 months after suspected exposure to the virus before being tested. In addition, a positive ELISA HIV test result could occur in individuals with arthritis, autoimmune diseases or allergies to their own antibodies. A follow-up Western Blot test is necessary to verify the ELISA HIV test results.
The HIV Proviral DNA by PCR test accurately identifies actual HIV no later than 28 days after exposure, and apparently much sooner in most cases – perhaps within a week or less. In addition to providing piece of mind in negative cases, the DNA PCR test gives an HIV-positive individual the opportunity to choose treatment options during the earliest stages of the infection. The acute infection stage occurs within days after the initial exposure, as the virus multiplies at its highest rate. Although more research is necessary, it is possible that early HIV treatment therapy could delay the onset of AIDS and essentially improve the patient’s quality of life for many years.
Private MD Lab Services allows individuals to request an HIV Proviral DNA by PCR lab test via a secure Web site, without a doctor’s order or referral. The site, http://www.privatemdlabs.com, helps the individual identify a lab in their area and purchase the test. They receive an e-mail with the address of a Patient Service Center (lab), have the test done (in this case, a small blood sample is taken), and usually get the results 24 to 48 hours after their visit. An e-mail notification is sent to the patient with a secure Web link where the results can be downloaded confidentially.
Private MD Lab Services has invested in secure, user-friendly software and uses licensed physicians to analyze data from hundreds of lab tests. The following is a sample of the test categories available through Private MD Lab Services: autoimmune diseases, blood and blood diseases, prostate cancer disease, diabetes, female-specific conditions, gastrointestinal diseases, general wellness, heart health and cholesterol, hormones and metabolism, infectious diseases, kidney disease, liver disease, male-specific conditions, musculoskeletal diseases and sexually transmitted diseases.
Address: Otis A. Plunk, MD
1140 Hammond Drive, Suite 9120
Atlanta, GA 30328