Dr. Dieterich, please help...
Feb 20, 2002
In the event of hepatitis caused by CMV not clearing in an immunoincompetent host, will PCR and viral culture for CMV always detect infection/antigenemia? In someone HIV infected, but prior to seroconversion, would the HIV infection and general lack of immune response (due to co-infection)keep the viral loads of CMV or other pathogens so low as to be virtually undetectable? Thanks for your insights.
Response from Dr. Dieterich
HIV and acute CMV is so rare that there is no data on this anywhere. I would guess that CMV would not have a major effect on HIV because they mutiply in different cells. If you are worried get tested for HIV with PCR. DTD
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