May 17, 2008
I;ve read responses on other sites that the doc will suggest a bDNA viral load test when the RNA's have been showing blips that might be lab assay failure. Why are you not suggesting this option to people who pose this question?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
First, blips are not due to assay failure. They are most likely due to assay variability at the lower limit of detection. Rarely, blips can be due to biologic reasons, in that the virus is having bursts of replication and so it is a real phenomenon. Other newer viral load assays/technologies have less variability at the lower end of detection than prior generation tests. So it is hard to say that bDNA technology still has an advantage.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- How Does The Hiv Virus Affect The Helper T Cell?
- Ethical Issues On Improper Disclosure Of Protected Health Information On Patients With Hiv Or Aids
- Can Someone Get Hiv If Neither Partner Has Hiv?
- Can You Get Hiv By Eating Infected Blood?
- Are Certain Blood Types More Likely To Get Hiv?
- Is Gum Pain An Early Symptom Of Hiv?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.