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HIV2 POSITIVE IS CONFIRMED USING HIV1 WB AND VL TESTS
Nov 1, 2013

DEAR SIR, MY WIFE IS BEEN TESTED WITH RAPID SPOT METHOD AND SHOWN HIV2 POSITIVE.FURTHER HIV1 WB CONFIRMED HIV2 AS INDICATED. AND VL USING HIV1 AS LESS THAN 66.9 IU/ML, IAM CONFUSED, IS, REALLY HIV1 TESTING PROCEDURES DETECT HIV2 PRESENCE. PLEASE HELP ME AND CLARIFY ME AS MY IS EXPECTING DELIVER VERY SOON.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello,

Most HIV tests screen for both HIV-1 and HIV-2. If a confirmatory test like the Western blot is positive for HIV-2, then unfortunately, her test is positive.

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