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Overview Brief

HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative test is done to detect the presence of HIV virus in infants below 18 months. [1]

What is HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative?

HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative test is a lab test which is used to test HIV type 1. This test is able to detect the HIV virus as early as 1 or 2 days after exposure. [2]

Why is HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative suggested?

The HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative test is suggested to diagnose HIV infection. It is suggested when it is speculated that the patient has been exposed to the HIV virus.

The test is also suggested under the following circumstances:-

  • Annually for people with increased risk of HIV.
  • Pregnant women to ensure that they don’t pass on the virus to their baby.
  • Kids of all ages.

How is HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative performed?

HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative test is performed as follows:

  • A blood sample is drawn from the patient.
  • The blood sample is tested for the presence of the HIV virus.

What are the parameters measured in HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative

HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative test detects the presence of HIV virus in patients. [1]

  • A ‘dectected’ result is consistent with HIV infection.
  • A ‘undetected’ results mean that the patient has not contracted the HIV infection.

Preparation before performing HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative

The following points need to be taken into consideration before the HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative test:-

  • The patient must visit the doctor to discuss all the details of symptoms and medical history.
  • If the patient has experienced any prior problems in taking blood tests, they must inform the doctor before taking the test.

Post-care after HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative

HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative test is a simple procedure. No special care is required post the sample for testing has been given.

A bandage may be required in case blood is drawn.

Sample types in HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative

HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative test is done only by the use of blood samples of patients.

Side effects/risks of HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative

HIV-DNA PCR – Qualitative is a simple lab test hence, there are no side effects or risks of undergoing the test.

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