May 12, 2001
What is the difference between a viral load test and a pcr test? Is one better than the other? Also, I read a symptom of hiv is purple or brown spots on or under the skin that look like bruises. What is it that actually causes these spots?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
A viral load test measures HIV-1 RNA levels in the blood plasma. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is one method used to detect viral load or HIV DNA in blood cells. Your spots could be a variety of things.
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