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Subtype testing
May 16, 2001

After possible exposure 1&1/2 years ago, and multiple Antibody 1&2 tests, p24's and a PCR last week, what else could I do to rule out a rare strain? Would a t-cell count put this to rest? My body seems to be drying out; dry mouth, dry flakey skin on the arms and legs. The PCR last week showed undectable as low as 50 copies. Is this enough to rule out a rare strain? I ask this panel because my own Doctor did not even know what subtype "O" was. Please help.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

T cell counts and testing are not specific or sensitive for the diagnosis of HIV infection. There has been enough HIV testing.

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