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Viral load tests for HIV-I vs HIV-II

Jul 14, 1998

Are the same viral load tests used for both HIV-1 and II? I thought I

read somewhere that tests were not as reliable in measuring HIV-II.

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Tests which measure HIV-1 viral load are not used to measure

HIV-2 viral load. Although the viruses are similar, they are different

enough that an HIV-1 viral load test could not be used.


Viral Load as an HIV Test for Infants
Testing, etc.

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