Jan 27, 2011
Hello, can taking an hiv test 4 weeks after the last dose (1 week of prednisone 20mg 2x daily for 5 days) effect the results. I am very worried after a recent exposure that it would have prevented antibodies from forming. I know you say if taken in large doses. Would you consider this a high enough dosage to suppress the immune system. Also, is it true that prednisone can lower a recently infected individual's viral load to undetectable levels to where an pcr/nat test will not pick up infection? I will gladly donate to your foundation if my concern can be addressed.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Your dose of prednisone completed four weeks prior to your HIV-antibody test would not affect the accuracy or validity of the test results.
"Is it true that prednisone can lower a recently infected individual's viral load to undetectable levels to where a pcr/nat test will not pick up infection?" No, this is not true.
Thanks for your support of The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation (www.concertedeffort.org). It's warmly appreciated.
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