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pooled rna naat and Pcr naat are so why giving different accuracy

Question: 

I read a lot of ur answers. Both these are naat tests so why r u giving different accuracy. Please explain?

Answer: 

Hello, and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

We hope to clarify the difference between these tests. In short, the accuracy of an HIV test depends solely on when you carry out the HIV test. You asked about the difference, in terms of accuracy, between the Pooled RNA NAAT test and the PCR RNA & DNA NAAT test. The only difference, in terms of accuracy, is that the Pooled RNA NAAT test can provide accurate results as early as 10 to 12 days post-exposure while in contrast, the PCR RNA&DNA NAAT test can provide accurate results as early as 14 to 21 days post-exposure. Either of these tests can be used for early detection, and usually after a high-risk exposure. However, the former test (Pooled RNA) can provide accurate results slightly earlier than the latter test (PCR RNA&DNA).

Here is a website where you can learn more about NAAT tests. Thanks again, for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer

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