Anonymous
I've read that DNA PCR tests are very senseitive and accurate. I took a DNA PCR and Antibody Test 10 months after exposure. My question is, when you do some quick online research it seems the DNA PCR test is recommend for children. Why is this? Would this test differ for results?

Thank You!
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for your question. You are correct that NAAT (PCR RNA & DNA) testing is used for screening babies of HIV positive mothers. The volunteers on the Helpline are not medical professionals, and I cannot comment on why this specific testing is used for children. If you need more information about that may I suggest that you discuss your concern with your doctor.

The testing window for 3rd and 4th generation HIV tests is 4 to 12 weeks. Official testing guidelines recommended testing at 12 weeks for a conclusive result. Your own testing at 10 months gave you a conclusive result.

Please contact the Helpline again in the future if you have more HIV related questions.

All the best,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer

Helpline MON-FRI 10am-4pm

helpline@aidsvancouver.org

Phone 604-253-0566 Ext. 299
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