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Old 02-04-2005, 09:34 PM   #1
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Exclamation PCR Viral load test

I took the PCR viral load test today (42 days after exposure). I couldn't wait, not knowing was eating at me. I find out tuesday. Something about the lab not being in service until monday.

The only real symtoms i had were..

Mouth Ulcers (herpangina), Swollen glands, and severe depression.

Anyway, does anyone know about this test? It may have many different names as i am realizing all test do.

Any info would help me out a lot.


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Old 02-07-2005, 08:21 PM   #2
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Re: PCR Viral load test


The DNA-PCR test is VERY sensative, in fact it is soooo sensative that False Positives happen some of the time. That's why it is not a great diagnostic tool. I've seen guys get a positive PCR with a thousand or so copies and test out conclusively negative for MONTHS after, but have a hard time believing their negative results because of the false positive PCR.

If you get back your test and it is around 2000 copies/mL (or less) then it is considered negative. Early HIV infection would be in the hundred of thousands of copies.

Symtoms present of absent can not be used for HIV detection. Only a test can be used to know your status.

Best of Luck, let us know!


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Old 02-15-2005, 09:34 PM   #3
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Re: PCR Viral load test

Thanks for the reply man. I got the test and it was indeterminant. Nurse said that meant i was negative. Now i am just confused as heck. Any insight?

Old 02-15-2005, 09:36 PM   #4
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Re: PCR Viral load test

I called in and they told me the test was indeterminant. The nurse said it means im negative and i'm fine. I'm a little concerned though. Any insight on this?

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