Detects: Recent and past exposure to HIV-1.
By using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology, the HIV DNA PCR test can detect infection much earlier than other tests. The ideal time to take the screen is 28 days post-exposure; however, it can provide reliable insight within a few days of exposure. If you’ve had a known exposure to HIV, possibly through a needle-stick or a broken condom, this test is the best way to get reliable results as early as possible. It’s also commonly requested by individuals with extreme anxiety about a given situation.