Which testing is most effective for early detection of HIV infection?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Shelley A Gilroy, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Early detection using combination screens may be more effective than simply using serology. The additional detection of p24 antigen or viral RNA may detect a greater number of very recent infections before seroconversion occurs. This would likely result in significant reductions in transmission as well as overall health costs and healthcare burden. [101]


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