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How Long Does An Hiv Pcr Dna Test Take

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HIV-1 DNA by PCR test and HIV-1 Abs test

Hi, I took the tests above on the 36th day after exposure. Both tests came negative, (I'm not in any med, never tested positive)However, I'm wondering how accurate these results are? Should I repeat the tests, when? What was the posibility...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Shortly after an exposure the HIV ab test may not have time to turn positive. Usually the earliest would be by 2 weeks and most will be positive by 6 weeks. We repeat the testing for 3 months to be sure to catch all positives.The HIV PCR test... Read more »

After Negative PCR RNA - further testing wtih PCR DNA?

Dr. HolodniyLike many others who have written to you. I too am attempting to determine if I have... Read more »

DNA PCR effective for how long?

Dear Dr Conway- I've read that toward late stage HIV disease, antibody tests become less... Read more »
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Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

Frequently Asked Questions About HIV/AIDS (Part Two)

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

N.Y. Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Access to PCR Test for Emergency Personnel Potentially Exposed to HIV

The New York Legislature has unanimously approved identical bills (S 5424 , A 576 ) that would allow police officers and other emergency personnel who are potentially exposed to HIV on the job to access an HIV test that can detect the virus more... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Biotechnology Company to Launch Trial of New HIV/AIDS Treatment That Would Target DNA

A biotechnology company on Monday announced plans to start human trials of a new approach to treating HIV/AIDS that targets patients' DNA, Reuters reports. California-based Sangamo BioSciences ' drug SB-728-T is designed to disrupt the CCR5 gene... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Malawi Launches Week-Long Campaign to Test 250,000 People for HIV

"Malawi on Monday launched a week-long campaign to test 250,000 people for HIV in what health authorities called a crucial intervention in a country ravaged by AIDS," Agence France-Presse reports. "The week would give Malawians 'a chance to access... Read more »
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HIV DNA RT by PCR test and PEP medications

Posted by johnnyyop2011, 1 Reply
On June 16, I discovered I was exposed several times to HIV from March 15 to June 10.

I tested negative via an antibody tests both in April and on June 17.

On June 17, I was immediately put on Post Exposure Prophylaxis medications (Kaletra 200-50 mg... Read more »

DNA PCR

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
OK This is the story. After little over a month of my last exposure I had a Elisa test (negative) and 16 days after the Elisa a DNA PCR. For the DNA I called a number the CDC hotline gave me for Specialized Testing. The DNA PCR came back negative... Read more »

Hiv2 test or pcr dna

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi, its me again. I was wondering after several non-reactive results after about 1yr and some time but have oral problems:dry mouth, white hairy tongue with white cottage cheese looking stuff on it, mouth ulcers on the cheeks of my mouth and unable... Read more »

HIV-1 Proviral DNA by PCR test????

Posted by sadman, 2 Replies
Hello everyone thanks for putting up with me. Its been 8 weeks since my risk and I'm more concerned then ever. I really do seem to have every symptom of ARS despite assurances risks were very slight to none existent.

That said, does anyone know... Read more »