HIV-1 RNA (PCR) Test Results?
Good evening Doctor … I want to ask for an HIV-1-RNA (Real time PCR) test carried out 132 days or 4 months over 12 days of unprotected intercourse and the results of the virus are not detected. Is it valid. thank you
Hello Bahrul, thank you for asking.
Examination of HIV virus by PCR method aims to detect the presence of viral genetic material in your blood sample. This method is very sensitive and specific because this method uses the principle of amplification. That is, even though only a small amount of viral genetic material is in a person's blood, but during the examination of the PCR method, an amplification is made. So that initially only a small amount of genetic material will multiply so that it can be calculated using tools.
If the PCR results state that the HIV virus is not detected, then you should not be infected with HIV. If you are still unsure, recommended by the CDC in the United States, you can repeat the HIV test in the sixth month after a risk relationship. A negative result on the second examination states that you are free of HIV.
In the future, to avoid the same worries, and to avoid consuming time and money for the same thing, it's a good idea to always use a condom. Even safer if you do not change partners and do not fall into the world of drugs.
Thus our advice, hopefully you are helped. Regards.