|Considering Being Tested
May 8, 2009
I am really considering on going ahead and getting tested for HIV. I was going to ask my doctor to go ahead and go with just the HIV viral load test instead of antibody testing in case of missing something. What is your recommendation on this, me going for a viral load test instead of just an antibody test? It's been awhile since my last risk. Thanks.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Quantitative HIV plasma viral load PCR testing is not recommended for routine HIV screening due to the rate of false-positives, other technical considerations and cost. The best test for HIV screening is an HIV-antibody test outside the window period.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
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.