|PCR RNA & HIV antibody
Apr 26, 1999
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.
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