|viral load diagnosis
Mar 15, 1999
I had a low risk infection opportunity at 12:00 am on 2/18. I had blood drawn for a viral load test at 3:00 pm on 3/3 (about 9 hours short of two weeks). The result was negative. Should I feel pretty confident that I'm safe?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Although viral load is an extremely sensitive test for detecting the presence of HIV in blood, Viral load is not currently approved as a test for HIV diagnosis (there have also been false positives reported). Two weeks could be early for detection of virus in the blood. I would definitely get further followup. MH
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