|Testing methods and possibilities
Jun 16, 2004
I have a quick question relating to HIV testing.
Basically, I wondered if any of the HIV tests, by tests I mean the Antibody test, the PCR, (viral load tests etc) and the T-Cell count tests, could be performed on a dry blood spot sample, as opposed to a needle of blood from the arm.
I am aware that doctors are able to do some types of blood test from a dry soaked blood spot, and dont always need the needle in arm approch.
I would be very grateful of your expertise.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
There are reports in the literature that all of the tests you indicate can be performed on dried blood or plasma spots.
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