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Quantitative PCR
      #202535 - 08/04/06 02:47 PM

What do you think of this exam 6 months after the exposure

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Re: Quantitative PCR new
      #202539 - 08/04/06 03:34 PM

If you're already six months post-exposure, just get an antibody test. It will tell you all you need to know.

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Re: Quantitative PCR new
      #202619 - 08/05/06 07:23 AM

As noted, at 6 months an Elisa is best. As to PCRs, there are two types. The PCR proviral DNA test is a detected/Not detected test whereas the PCR RNA test is a viral load test generally used to monitor patients already diagnosed. THe DNA test is the more diagnostic of the two although neither is approved by the FDA as an HIV diagnosis test for adults.

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Re: Quantitative PCR new
      #202628 - 08/05/06 08:34 AM

I asked because i have syntoms and the Elisa test are negative, i have candidiasis for more than 2 months, is the western blott more accurate

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Re: Quantitative PCR new
      #202644 - 08/05/06 10:23 AM

The pcr proviral DNA test is the test used by the US porn industry to screen their actors since it returns a result much quicker than antibdy tests. A negative result is extremely reliable, but the pcr tests are so sensitive they can produce false positives which can be problematic and they are expensive.

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Re: Quantitative PCR new
      #202725 - 08/06/06 11:59 PM

A PCR test after six months is a waste of money. At six months a regular HIV antibody will show whether or not you're infected. A regular HIV antibody test is considered conclusive at 13 weeks.

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