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Is the HIV DNA PCR test accurate enough for early diagnosis?

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Dr. Robin Dretler
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Yes

The PCR is highly accurate and sensitive.
It may take 6 weeks to 6 months for the elisa and western blot antibody tests to be positive. Since the PCR tests for the virus itself, it is detectable earlier, before an immune response has been initiated, but at a much higher price.

In brief: Yes

The PCR is highly accurate and sensitive.
It may take 6 weeks to 6 months for the elisa and western blot antibody tests to be positive. Since the PCR tests for the virus itself, it is detectable earlier, before an immune response has been initiated, but at a much higher price.
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