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would pcr- rna detect

Sep 20, 1999

After testing neg 1 1/2 years after receiving oral sex from an asian sex worker i continue to have hiv like symptoms(tender glands,low t-cell count).I tested negative in U.S. using antibody test and rna test.Are these tests used to detect strain common in asia? Please answer as i am worried sick and have ruled out other std's.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The viral load tests to detect or measure plasma HIV RNA, will detect strains found in Asia. MH

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