|Dr Wohl , please explain this case.
Jan 26, 2012
Hello Dr, this case has left the body participants of the forum concerned. http://www.thebody.com/cgi-bin/bbs/showthreaded.php?Cat=&Board=testpos&Number=27742 This is possible? If yes, then how to believe in our tests? Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Wohl
The post from 2002 you cite was from someone who claimed he had a needlestick in 2000 and then tested positive for HIV a year later. It was hard to follow the responses to understand the timing of testing and what exact tests were done when, but let me state here that HIV testing is excellent. We are not talking about a murky science. Antibodies to HIV are produced within weeks of exposure and are readily detected by current assays.
Further, the viral load test (HIV PCR) looks for the actual virus itself and is extremely sensitive.
When both of these are negative that means the individual is not infected.
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