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Nat testing

Aug 4, 2007

Dr. Holodniy, our state now performs a NAT test on a persons blood along with an antibody test to check for hiv. They take two viles of blood in the testing centers in certain counties. I understand this is somewhat experimental but what does the nat test do? Does it check for viral load or just the virus and how accurate would it be ?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

NAT stands for nucleic acid test. Therefore a NAT test checks for the virus and/or the viral load.

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