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PCR RNA & HIV antibody
Apr 26, 1999

Dr,

I had a low risk infection opportunity on 2/13. I took PCR RNA & HIV antibody test on 3/30(about 46 days). The PCR RNA test result came back as Negative <192 copies/ml, HIV antibody test was also negative. Does it mean, I am not infected. My DOC told me, I am not infected. Should I feel pretty confident that I'm safe? or Do I need some more test ?

Thank you very much for your help.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Again as reported numerous times on this forum, viral load is not approved for HIV diagnosis. The current algorithm still recommends serial antibody testing at 3 and 6 months. Should viral load be positive after 40 days of exposure in the presence of HIV infection? Yes.

MH



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