|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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