|Fastest route to detection?
Mar 9, 2001
What would the soonest a detection can occur? It seems that antibody testing is detectable between 6 weeks and 3 months, but what about viral testing? If an HIV+ encounter occurs, what would a recommended testing routine be? What about an encounter with someone who is supposedly HIV neg, but not known?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
YOur first statement is correct. The current testing algorithm is antibody testing at baseline and 1 and 3 months following exposure. Many people have applied the unapproved viral load test 4 weeks after exposure.
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