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Could not sequence?

Sep 8, 2002

I just recently had a viral load test and the results came back as blood could not be sequenced. The nurse at my doctors office told me that meant there was not enough virus in my blood to sequence but I don't think that is correct. My doctor want's to run the test again and I'm sure if the above were true there would be no need. Can you explain this term?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Sequencing is usually not used for viral load testing. It is usually reserved for resistance testing. Sequencing is a technology used to determine the genetic sequence of HIV-1 genes to look for resistance mutations.

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