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A 25-year-old male asked:

on prednisone for two weeks. can i do a hiv viral load test and antibody test to rule out hiv for exposure 1 year back? diagnosed with bell's palsy.

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Antibody test only: For an HIV exposure that long ago, an antibody test alone is sufficient; an RNA ("viral load") test will be much more expensive and wasted money. Taking prednisone will not have any effect on test reliability.

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Last updated Aug 11, 2016

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