Mar 23, 2002
My kid at the age of 3 months taken PCR ql test stating 'detected'(out of range) & not detected within range. I have taken all steps to prevent vertical transmission i.e cesarian+stopped breast feeding+with combination therapy+post AZT syrup to kid. Now kid's age is 3 yrs,not showing any hiv indications i.e growing well etc. My doctor told me once again undergo pcr test. How does a viral detection can be -ve if so would you explain this phenomena. what is the use of spending again on a test. I know elisa & westernblot can be -ve but not pcr. if he is +ve how long takes to exibit some symptoms. whether T-20 injections can be useful at an early stage of infection.
Response from Dr. Feinberg
I am confused about what you were told when your child was 3 months old-- nevertheless, if he were to be tested again now he should get the standard HIV ELISA test, not a PCR. Frankly, the odds of a child being HIV+ who is growing normally and is healthy at 3 years of age are very very small, getting pretty close to zero.
Can they tell?
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