What is the role of viral culturing in the diagnosis of HIV infection?

Updated: Jun 23, 2020
  • Author: Philip A Chan, MD, MS; Chief Editor: John Bartlett, MD  more...
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Viral culture

Viral culture is possible but labor intensive, requires specialist laboratory equipment and training (biosafety level 3 containment facilities), and may take several days to weeks to return results. It has no role in routine clinical diagnostics.

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