|DNA PCR - A Confirmatory Test?
Jul 29, 1999
Dr. Holodniy, is a Qualitative DNA PCR considered to be a confirming diagnostic test? If so, who considers it to be confirmatory - the medical community? the FDA? Also, one other question - if one receives a result of "detected", should one repeat the test to rule out any chance of a false positive, or is the test nearly 100% reliable? Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
The Medical community. There are certainly false positives with every test. In studies done in people with HIV antibodies present, DNA PCR is nearly 100% reliable and concordant with the antibody tests. It's a little less reliable in true negatives. MH
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