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Test clarification please

Jun 12, 2001

Hello Doctor... I've just received a copy of a viral load report (from 3/29/01) which notes under "comment", the following: This specimen can only be determined as having less than 400 copies of HIV-RNA per 1 mL of plasma (Viral Load). The linear response for the Amplicor HIV-1 test was found to be between 400 and 750,000 HIV-1 RNA Copies/mL." My question is, does this "linear response" refer to this specific sample, and therefor my test result or is the important part "less than 400 copies..."? Thanks, as usual...

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I don't know what you are using the test for. The linear response is for all samples, not just yours. The test can dtermine a number within the specified range. Below that number (400), it cannot accurately determine whether the HIV copy number is zero or 399.

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