|HIV1/RNA & HIV2
May 8, 2001
Dear Doctor Little,
Almost ten years ago, while employed in law enforcement, I had a "bad" HIV exposure from an Africian. I've tested negative on the HIV-1 (ELISA), and most recently the HIV RNA test. My question: will the RNA test reflect a HIV-2 viral load? Also, after these many years would the HIV-1 test reflect HIV-2 AB's. I'm very anxious! Thanks in advance.
Response from Dr. Little
Most of the commonly used HIV antibody tests in the US now screen for the presence of HIV-1 and HIV-2. To be sure, I would ask your doctor or the lab that ran the test, but after 10 years if you have a negative HIV1/2 test, you should feel comfortable that you are indeed negative.
Viral load and Resistance
Resistance test before starting meds?
- What Is Candidiasis In The Skin And Nails?
- If Tested For Hiv Will It Show Up Postive For Chlamydia?
- How Accurate Is A 2 Week Hiv Test Result?
- Does Vitamin B12 Help Neuropathy?
- Can I Catch Hiv From A Spa?
- What If You Took Medicine For Chlamydia And I Still Have Symptoms What Does That Mean?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.