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Author Topic: Some help please. What is BED Assay?  (Read 1925 times)

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Offline komnaes

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Some help please. What is BED Assay?
« on: October 04, 2007, 02:22:11 AM »
Don't know if it's the right place to put this, but here goes:

I just have my first blood draw this morning - nothing dramatic as I know the place and people there well as a caregiver (the dramatic effort of being a patient is of course something else). All things went well and I can expect the results and another appointment with my doctor (best in the field! I am happy to get Doctor Li) in a week or so.

By the end of the consultation the doctor informed me that they have start a test on HIVers that they are rather surely who are, like me, recently infected - it is called BED Assay. He explained to me that it's for the measurement of HIV incdience in a population but then it got to a point of his explanation that I became totally lost.

So is this test only serves a statistic gathering and search purpose? I wouldn't mind but would appreciate if someone can tell me more about it.

Thanks in advance, Shaun
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

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Re: Some help please. What is BED Assay?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2007, 05:46:23 AM »
Hi Shaun,

After a Google session, it looks like a BED assay is a method by which they can tell if you are dealing with a recent infection, or an old one. It seems it's being used for epidemiological purposes - so they can see how much hiv is increasing in the population currently.

For example, for someone who is newly diagnosed but has actually been infected for several years, their infection date belongs to a previous year and a previous years data. However, if it can be proven that the infection is new, then they know that infection represents data for the current year.

It's just a more sophisticated method of tracking whether or not prevention campaigns are making headway - at least that's what it looks like to me.

Ann

edited because I misspelled ShAun's name - sorry!
« Last Edit: October 04, 2007, 06:26:35 AM by Ann »
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Re: Some help please. What is BED Assay?
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2007, 06:03:04 AM »
Thanks Ann

I thought the same. They have also put me in a data collecting group of HIVers from several South/South East countries (including Australia) called TreatAsia, which my clinic just joined, so maybe that's why they are doing the BED Assay on me.

Again, talk about being constantly educated.

BTW, when the doctor said "BED Assay test", I heard "BAD Essay test". ;D

Shaun

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« Last Edit: October 04, 2007, 06:30:50 AM by komnaes »
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

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Re: Some help please. What is BED Assay?
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2007, 06:21:45 AM »

BTW, when the doctor said "BED Assay test", I was heard "BAD Essay test". ;D

Shaun

hehehe... and I thought this thread was going to be some sort of joke about testing for sexual prowess. I was ready to move it to the OT forum! ;D

Ann
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Re: Some help please. What is BED Assay?
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2007, 07:22:21 PM »
There is an interesting article about measuring incidence: http://www.iavireport.org/Issues/Issue11-3/Target.asp

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