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When to make the decsion the the POS-HIV is not a FP
May 5, 2005

When a new pt comes in and test positive for HIV, what is the SOC for repeat confirmatory testing? Are you supposed to re-check an HIV at sometime in the future to make sure it's not a FP?

Response from Dr. Wohl

No. Remember the diagnosis is made on a repeat test. First a sensitive ELISA test is done, then a Western blot which is specific for HIV is performed.

Plus, we now check a viral load.

That is pretty darn sure.

DW



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