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What is hiv ab, hiv 1/2, eia with reflexes? i had blood work done. did they test for antibodies and the virus?

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Dr. James Davie answered

Specializes in Pathology

Antibody test HIV: It is a test for the two main types of HIV antibody (ab), types 1 and 2. Eia is the primary test method that is inexpensive, but it occasionally has false positive result, so there is a reflex test (automatic confirmation test) using a more expensive but more trustworthy test (immunoblot) to make very sure that the eia test result really is positive. There is a pcr test to detect HIV itself.

Answered 7/16/2017

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