Followup to a Dec 1 question
Feb 25, 2007
Dr. Conway Your Dec 1 response http://thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SideEffects/Current/Q180163.html) re the use of Resistance Testing to identify HIV exposure in a case of persistently negative antibody and viral load testing raises some serious questions: 1) Authorities on The Body and other web forums consistently say that a negative HIV antibody test after 3-6 moths following known exposure means that a person must be HIV negative, irrespective of any symptoms they have. So why did you keep testing in this particular case? 2) Under what circumstances would you do additional testing on a person that has repeatedly negative HIV antibody tests for more than 1-2 years?
Response from Dr. Conway
I kept testing because the person had clear-cut HIV-related severe oppportunistic infections, and this would be the only setting in which I would persist in doing repeated testing in the face of a negative HIV antibody test result.
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