Apr 11, 2001
On April 7th you said,..."The currently available PCR test for HIV DNA, will NOT pick up HIV-2 DNA."
Wonderful!! I am slowly but surely gettting over my HIV fear, having convinced myself after testing undetectable DNA PCR and negative Elisa that I am o.k.,..and now i get to worry about HIV-2.
what is HIV-2, and why isn't anyone testing for it?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
HIV-2 is a cousin of HIV-1. It is generally located in West African countries and sporadically in Asia. There have been less than 100 cases of HIV-2 reported in the U.S. compared to 1 million HIV-1 cases.
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