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PCR or ELISA?
Jun 30, 2006

Hello Dr. Bob Does it make sense to have a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test three months after a possible infection? Or is an ELISA test sufficient? By the way, I like reading your responses ... let me know if you ever plan making house calles in the south carolina area. Thanks, Joe

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hey Joe,

HIV screening should be done with an ELISA test at the three-month mark. I don't recommend PCR testing due to the possibility of false-positive results.

House calls in South Carolina??? No, I don't think so. Wouldn't it be much more fun for you to visit San Francisco?

Stay well.

Dr. Bob



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