Which HIV test is performed only in newborns?

Updated: Sep 23, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Proviral DNA PCR is usually performed only in newborns because conventional serologic testing is useless in these patients (maternal antibodies may persist for 9 months or longer). Two or more negative results separated by at least one month is considered a negative result.


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