|Test results at 9 weeks
Jan 31, 2011
I had the Proviral HIV DNA by PCR test done at 9 weeks after my potential exposure (64 days, to be exact). An Elisa antibodies test was done at the same time. Both came back negative.
How confident can I be in this result? In general, would further testing be recommended or simply redundant?
Just trying to understand better.
| Response from Dr. McGowan
Since HIV DNA PCR is not part of the standard testing for diagnosis of acute HIV, having a negative would certainly rule out the likelihood of having acquired HIV from this exposure. Serology can be delayed in conversion for up to 3 months, but viral load usually is quite high if infection had occurred.
You could repeat HIV serology at 3 months just to complete the protocol but it would be mostly a formality.
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