You never had an exposure.
Thank you very much Teak!! And thank you medhelp!!
In general, do you know if HIV-DNA-PCR test catch not just recent HIV-infections but also untreated HIV-infections from 6 months back (or earlier) as well?
PCR-DNA test are not approved for diagnostic use for HIV.
Thank you Teak. I read about your previous posts about the same. But where I reside in Europe, HIV-DNA-PCR is a standard test for new healthcare workers and it is repeated every year or so.
Not sure why, if it is not approved.
Im hoping if someone has had an untreated infection 6mos/year back or a recent infection in 2 weeks, both would be detectable by HIV-DNA-PCR test.
Neither the Abbott RealTime nor the Roche COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 assay is intended to be used as a donor screening test for HIV-1 or as a diagnostic test to confirm the presence of HIV-1 infection.
HIV/AIDS Program Director
Office of Special Health Issues
Food and Drug Administration
Thank you Teak. I understand and I agree.
I'm still baffled by the difference in thinking between USA and other (developed) countries in this regard.
So is dna-pcr useless? Because it only gives Y/N and not the viral load.