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Quanitative PCR Test Accuracy 3 weeks following exposure!
Jul 19, 1999

I know with certainty I was exposed to HIV via anal intercourse about 3 weeks ago.....My doctor directed a quanitative PCR viral load test....Will the test definately show the virus present even though it has been 3 weeks since exposure? I know the anti-body test would not show anything so soon after exposure, this is why I opted for the viral load test.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

It certainly can be positive at 3 weeks, and if it is, can confirm infection. Although if it is negative, infection could still be present, and the test just not positive yet. MH



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