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

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; 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. [96]


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