|Do I qualify?
Oct 29, 1998
After testing eight times for HIV infection, I was wondering if I would be a candidate for PCR antigen testing as well. Since September '97, I tested at 2 1/2 months - HIV I/II; 3, 4 1/2 & 6 months - HIV I/II & P24 Antigen; 8, 9, 10 1/2, & 13 months - HIV I (Home Access). All negative, but still scared and as many countless other readers, experiencing some rather odd unexplained symptoms that have just shown up since the "episode". I want resolution!!! You're the expert on this topic, what should I do? Please respond.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
If 9/97 was your only exposure up to now, than sufficient testing has been performed to rule out HIV infection. PCR is not used to measure antigen, it is use to measure HIV viral load in the blood plasma or infected cells in the blood. Although these tests are definitive for infection, the other tests you have had done, make these tests unnecessary.
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