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hiv-1 & hiv-2

Jan 30, 2011

hi, i was diagnosed positive for hiv-1 and hiv-2 by ELISA, is this true, or just a cross-reaction of the test? if i really have both viruses, does this mean my disease is much worse as hiv-2 is more deadly in the late phase and has more resistance to ART??

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You don't indicate what tests were performed, and whether this was just a screening EIA antibody test, or confirmatory western blot tests were performed and were positive for both viruses. So hard to comment on the significance. People can have both viral infections and they do respond to HIV treatment.

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