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Nucleic acid testing

Aug 2, 2003

Dr. Holodniy, You mentioned nucleic acid testing in an answer a few months ago. How sensitive are PCR based nucleic acid tests in detecting all strains of the HIV 1 all subtypes leave a trace of nucleic acid that would be detected? Is nucleic acid testing different from VL testing such as by Roche Monitor 1.5 or bDNA?


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Viral load testing is essentially a form of Nucleic acid testing (NAT), since these tests detect and quantify the RNA or nucleic acid sequence of the virus.

Lab values
Low viral load tripled in 3 months

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