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outlier cases
Jul 23, 2002

Dear Doctor: In outlier seroconversion cases, (due to simultaneous exposure/transmission to more than one pathogen, ie., HIV/Hep B), is it known at what time frame HIV/Hep viral DNA and/or RNA would always be detectable in serum? Or is it more complicated than that? What are the best tests for diagnosis if outlier case suspected? Thanks for your expertise and good help. Health care worker.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Doing PCR for both HIV and HBV should always be positive for both by 3-6 months. Probably much sooner. If you use PCR there should be detectable viruses in 4 weeks or so. DTD



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