|Is it possible?
Aug 16, 2004
Dear Doc, Is it possible for a person to have negative EIA at 18 weeks after possible exposure, negative DNA PCRs at 4 and 16 weeks and CD4=1250, CD8=536, averall CD3=1836 at 16 weeks and be infected with HIV anyway? Thank you very very much!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
You provide no details about your potential HIV exposure, so it is difficult to give you an absolute answer. However, without extenuating circumstances, I would advise that an EIA at three or more months following a routine potential HIV exposure would be conclusive. I do not recommend PCR testing for routine screening due to the possibility of false-positive results. I also see absolutely no reason to run T-cell subsets. My opinion is that you spent a lot of extra money on unwarranted, unjustified medical tests that gave you the exact same information you would have had with a single HIV antibody test at three or more months following a routine potential exposure. You are HIV negative.
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