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difference between RNA and DNA detection

Under standing the difference between what they test for, which has the potential fo greater accuracy in early use?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
They are not approved for HIV diagnosis. However, based on limited retrospective data, perhaps a slight advantage to plasma RNA testing. This however, is not conclusive.... Read more »

accuracy of rna pcr and dna pcr??(2)

In question Q45855.qna you replied that the accuracy of rna pcr is 100 if infection is present... Read more »

DNA vs RNA PCR tests

Dear Dr HowarthWhat is the difference between the two in terms of accuracy and when to test... Read more »
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Difference between RNA-PCR and RNA-bDNA tests?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anybody know the difference between RNA-PCR and RNA-bDNA tests?

Are these tests accurate? Any false negative or false positive results? Are they worth taking to evaluate early HIV infection when possible early HIV infection symptoms are present?

I... Read more »

Please help me with test advice!!!!!! (DNA/RNA)

Posted by notanonymous, 3 Replies
ok, i have tested neg at 5 months past "high-risk" and 10-13 weeks (might as well say 10) since "low-risk" exposure. i have had all kinds of symptoms and eye floaters and sore throat, swollen tonsil still persist. i am at about 11-12 weeks past... Read more »

PCR DNA or RNA

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Quantitative PCR RNA is the viral load test for HIV-1 only, right ?
For Qualitative PCR DNA for HIV-1 and HIV-2, the report format would be 'detectable' or 'not detectable', right ?..or/and would 'strain' of the hiv founded would be reported ?
To... Read more »

To Zoom42 RNA vs DNA

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi Zoom,

Before I begin, please understand I'm not a doctor or scientist. I'm someone who unfortunately has an
OCD issue with an exposure I had. The good thing about it is, I've spent a lot of time researching
every aspect of testing, from phone... Read more »