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O strain question

Mar 3, 2004

Dear Dr Pierone,

I am confused when it comes to testing for the O-strain. Does the current ELISA tests also cover all the different HIV strains or should we require a specific test for the O-strain ? I have been tested negative for HIV1/2 afte a risky exposure 7 months ago but there are still lingering symptoms making me doubt of the results. Thanks a lot in advance for your answer.

Response from Dr. Pierone

The standard ELISA tests in the U.S. are now designed to test for O strain HIV-1 as well as all group M strains. If your HIV test is negative that effectively excludes HIV infection as a cause for your symptoms.

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