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acute infection testing
Aug 30, 2002

dr y what are the ways that one can verify an acute infection for hiv?

brian t.

Response from Dr. Young

In general, there are several ways to verify acute HIV infection- the first is to have a positive "detuned" assay (a special version of the Western blot- available in research centers); second- a weakly positive Western blot (indeterminate) with a positive PCR or p24 antigen. Lastly, for some persons, a positive ELISA/Western blot that was preceded by a negative test can also establish the time of infection.

Note that all of these require a positive or indeterminate ELISA and/or Western blot. -BY



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