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Superinfection and Routine HIV Tests

Nov 6, 2012

Hi, I have a question about superinfection and HIV tests. If someone is superinfected with HIV viruses, that means his or her body has 2 different strains of HIV viruses or/and the recombinant of the different viruses. Then, if he or she goes to have the HIV tests (antibody or PCR RNA test), can the resulting antibodies or viruses be normally detected as the way they are detected in the usual single HIV infection? I just wonder if there is any alteration in the viruses and antibodies' production in superinfection so that they may not be normally detected in the various HIV tests even after 3-months window period. Thanks.


Response from Dr. Young

Hi Paul,

Whether one is infected with one or two (ie., superinfected) strains of HIV, the accuracy of HIV testing is not affected.


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