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Thursday, February 11, 2016
HIV and AIDS
Shoud I Take The PCR Test?
I know that PCR tests are done to determine viral loads, but could they also be taken to back up an ELISA test? I distrust my negative result and wonder if I would feel better if I got a PCR test and saw that I have no viral load.
The standard test for diagnosing HIV infection is the HIV-antibody test; which has two parts-an initial ELIZA and a confirmatory Western Blot. If this test is negative initially and you are worried that you may have this infection then you may get retested in 3-6 months after your high risk exposure. If that test remains negative then that reassures you that you are indeed negative for this virus.
Pamposh Kaul, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati