Sep 25, 2001
Hello, I would like to say thank you for helping all of these people with questions during not so good times. I have read that being treated for a bacterial or viral infection (I can't remember which one exactly but I think that it was a viral one) may effect the results of a PCR test. My question to you is; To your knowledge, Does anything effect the outcome/results of a PCR test? Thank you!
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Concomitant infection can alter the results of plasma HIV viral load tests, by causing a transient increase in the viral load level. This is in HIV positive patients, particularly those who are not on any treatment.
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