Correlation between viral load and development of antibodies?
Feb 14, 2001
I understand that a PCR RNA test is taken to measure the viral load in a person. My question is if an antibody test taken(3 months post exposure) is negative two weeks prior to a PCR RNA negative or undetectable, what is the likelihood of a person being infected? Could the possible production of antibodies during the two week period preceding the PCR RNA reduce the viral load to an undetectable level in such a short time? Also, should the PCR RNA be confirmed with another antibody test? Thank you in advance for taking the time to explain this to me.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Essentially zero, NO and NO. MH
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