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How does the HIV test differ from other tests?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Complicated

There are several different ways of testing for hiv.
One can measure for antibodies or for RNA by pcr. There is nothing special about testing for this lentivirus in terms of techniques that are generally used for all different types of illnesses. The major factor is that you are looking either for substances of the virus or for antibodies to it.

In brief: Complicated

There are several different ways of testing for hiv.
One can measure for antibodies or for RNA by pcr. There is nothing special about testing for this lentivirus in terms of techniques that are generally used for all different types of illnesses. The major factor is that you are looking either for substances of the virus or for antibodies to it.
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