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Is A PCR Necessary?

May 7, 2001

Dear Sir,

I tested negative on the ELISA 3 months and two weeks post exposure.

Should I be happy with this result? Or should I still fret over whether a PCR would come out negative or not. I had the PCR done very recently (4 months post exposure) and have not yet received the results of the PCR.

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

A PCR test does not add additional information over an antibody test after 3 months.

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