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Hello, I have a question regarding HIV - 1 RNA PCR NAAT test taken here in British Columbia. Is this test quantitative or qualitative? What is the test's threshold of copies/mL? Thanks

Hi, thanks for your question. The initial HIV RNA Naat is a pooled Naat test and detects if there is any HIV virus present and result comes back as reactive/ positive/ virus detected or non reactive/negative/ no virus detected. If the HIV RNA pooled Naat is positive, then there is an individual test done to determine the amount or level of HIV virus in the blood and this is called a viral load. The minimum level of copies reported is 40. The laboratory that does this testing is at ST Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you have any more questions or concerns.

Health Nurse

This answer was posted on January 22, 2019

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