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Testing methods and possibilities
Jun 16, 2004

Dear sir,

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.

Thanks

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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