|co-infection and quant PCR
Feb 15, 2002
I understand that PCR tests are not routinely used for diagnosis. However, in a co-infected patient (HIV/Hep C and/or B), would a viral load for HIV be detectable after six months if the individual is unable to make antibodies? If the individual is not making antibodies and is not on meds, shouldn't quant PCR to 50 copies usually detect infection? Thanks for your kind help.
Response from Dr. Rodriguez-Torres
Yes,HIV PCR testing can detect as low as 50 copies,even in soronegatives.This is the same as in HCV,the only way to detect infection before seroconversion(positive antibody),is to do a HCV PCR.
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