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Difference between Viral loan & Antibody test

Aug 16, 2002

Dear Dr Susan,

What is the difference between viral load test and Elisa antibody test? Are both test used to check the status of HIV virus in the blood.

Thank you for your prompt reply.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Yes. The viral load test measures whether the actual virus is present in blood. The ELISA test measures whether antibody (that a person makes) against the virus is present.

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