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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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