Why Viral Forensics
The driving concern that led to the formation of Viral Forensics is the simple fact that it is not known whether the genetic amplification tests (called viral load) are actually detecting infectious human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in human blood and tissues.
The obvious question is how can that be? The answer is simple. None of the viral load tests has been validated against the actual presence of infectious HIV in human specimens. Consequently, the FDA specifically warns against using these tests as a means of detecting or confirming the presence of HIV in humans. Nevertheless, individuals are led to believe, or told outright, that they are infected with HIV because a sample of their blood gave a positive result on one of the viral load tests.
A direct method for studying bacteria and viruses is the microscopic analysis of blood and tissues. Viral Forensics was specifically established to use electron microscopy (the gold standard for virus detection) to determine if HIV is present in the plasma of a person with a recent positive viral load result.
The electron microscopic (TEM) analysis of a blood sample costs $1200, half of which may be covered by insurance.
When an order is placed, a licensed phlebotomist will schedule a visit to the client’s home to draw a blood sample. The processed blood will be shipped overnight to our laboratory for TEM analysis. A secure electronic report with a description of the process and electron microscopic images will be interpreted and signed-off by a licensed PhD pathologist. The client will be informed when the report is ready for viewing and downloading.
The need for the Viral Forensics TEM service is urgent and will become even more important as the push for nationwide screening for HIV accelerates. The CDC wants to screen every American between 15 and 65 years of age (over 200 million people) for HIV.