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Shingles - PCR?
Oct 23, 1998

Dear Dr.,

I engaged in a high risk behavior 5 months ago. About 3 1/2 months after this incident, I had an outbreak of shingles and have been getting all types of rashes (possibly stress related). I tested negative at right after the shingles outbreak and at 5 months on an elisa test. I understand I need to test again at 6 months. However, my question is another elisa test enough at the 6th month or should I also get a PCR or RNA test also? Thank you very much.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Given the negative ELISA tests at 3 1/2 and 5 months after exposure, I am not sure what an additional test at 6 months would gain. I would not pursue RNA/DNA testing. The negative ELISA tests performed are sufficient. MH



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