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Shoud I Take The PCR Test?

11/25/2002

Question:

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.

Answer:

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. 

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Response by:

Pamposh   Kaul, MD Pamposh Kaul, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati