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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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