Diagnostic Highlights (continued)

Abnormality with Test Normal Result Condition


Viral load: Negative Detects number of coples/mL: test has polymerase chain a lower limit of 400 copies/mL but can reaction (PCR) reach levels at 30,000 copies/mL and higher: ultrasensitive assay has a lower limit of 40 copies/mL

Quantitative assay that measures amount of HIV-1 RNA in plasma

Other Tests: Complete blood count; HIV p24 antigen, viral culture, Indirect fluorescent antibody

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