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Offline HWT

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« on: January 30, 2008, 02:28:01 PM »
I have looked all over the internet and I have found misleading answers.  I have heard that PCR is very effective after 72 hours and a lot of people say it is a waste of time.  A lot of the information I see is from 2005 and before.  I was wondering what the modern day 2008 evaluation of this test is?  I am looking to calm my nerves and I took the test 11 days post exposure and it found no HIV DNA in my body.  I know I will retest at 3 months but I did want to ease my anxiety.  Please let me know what you guys think?

Offline RapidRod

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Re: DNA by PCR
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2008, 02:33:09 PM »
The PCR DNA test is not a diagnostic test. A PCR RNA test is not a stand alone test and must be followed up with an antibody test. Both give high rates of false positives.

Offline HWT

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Re: DNA by PCR
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2008, 02:34:35 PM »
That being said if it tells you a negative is that pretty accurate after 11 days, and by the way you avatare is freaky!

Offline RapidRod

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Re: DNA by PCR
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2008, 02:40:13 PM »
The only conclusive negative result is at 3 months post exposure.

Offline HWT

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Re: DNA by PCR
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2008, 02:45:47 PM »
And I assume you are saying an ELISA?

Offline RapidRod

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Re: DNA by PCR
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2008, 03:01:20 PM »
I'm saying an antibody test.


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