|Using the DNA BY PCR for hiv testing
Aug 3, 2001
I heard the dna by pcr when used for HIV testing can produce a false positive result. What is this rate, and what is the rate for a false negative for this test. What centers if any use this for general screening and early detection for hiv?
Thanks - Jaime
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
All PCR's can yield false positive results occaisonally. Usually less than 1% of the time. The false negative is even less common and probably means the specimen was mishandled. Generally, I would recommend two positives before beginning treatment for either HIV or HCV. DTD
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