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How does an RNA test help diagnose HIV?

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This looks for the virus itself and can diagnose HIV about 10 days after you've been exposed. It's expensive, though, so it's usually not the first test. But if you're at high risk and you have flu-like symptoms, your doctor may want to use it.

SOURCES:

CDC: "National HIV and STD Testing Resources: Frequently Asked Questions."

AVERT: "HIV Testing," "Continuing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment."

AIDS.gov: "HIV Test Types."

Home Access Health Corporation: "The Home Access HIV-1 Test System."

Patel, P. , "Rapid HIV screening: Missed opportunities for HIV diagnosis and prevention," May 2012. J Clin Virol

Aberg, J. , 2009. Clinical Infectious Diseases

FDA: "FDA Approves First Over-the-Counter Home Use HIV Test Kit," "FDA approves first rapid diagnostic test to detect both HIV-1 antigen and HIV-1/2 antibodies," "Complete List of Donor Screening Assays for Infectious Agents and HIV Diagnostic Assays."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 25, 2016

SOURCES:

CDC: "National HIV and STD Testing Resources: Frequently Asked Questions."

AVERT: "HIV Testing," "Continuing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment."

AIDS.gov: "HIV Test Types."

Home Access Health Corporation: "The Home Access HIV-1 Test System."

Patel, P. , "Rapid HIV screening: Missed opportunities for HIV diagnosis and prevention," May 2012. J Clin Virol

Aberg, J. , 2009. Clinical Infectious Diseases

FDA: "FDA Approves First Over-the-Counter Home Use HIV Test Kit," "FDA approves first rapid diagnostic test to detect both HIV-1 antigen and HIV-1/2 antibodies," "Complete List of Donor Screening Assays for Infectious Agents and HIV Diagnostic Assays."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 25, 2016

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