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A straight arrow
May 31, 2012

If a person has put themselves at risk for hiv and an ID doctor orders an HIV PCR RNA test, how long must be waited after the exposure to consider the test result definitive?

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Response from Dr. Wohl

The PCR test can detect HIV after several days following infection. Certainly by 2 weeks the PCR (viral load) would detect the presence of HIV had there been transmission. DW



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