6 month antibody
Aug 24, 2014
When and what symptoms are present that require antibody testing past 6 months? Please answer, and thank you very much. Never had a doctor go into detail when a negative is for sure negative on antibody testing.
Response from Dr. Wohl
I used to order 6 month HIV testing when we only had antibody testing and the patient was profoundly anxious about their risk of infection. With viral load and p24 testing, 6 month testing no longer makes sense.
See http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/HIVtestingAlgorithmRecommendation-Final.pdf and check out figure 1 on page 11.
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