After two months?
Mar 5, 1999
I recently read your response to a question regarding the PCR DNA and RNA. You had mentioned the best time to get these tests to see if infection has occured is one - two months after your exposure. Who these tests be reliable after 8 months? What would be normal VL for someone who is infected and has not had treatment at 8 months? Thanks for your time.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Both tests would be positive in people with infection after 8 months. Although rarely someone can be infected and have a viral load of <500/ml, their DNA PCR would be positive. Typical viral loads range from 1000-500,000/ml.
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