AMPLICOR® Testing Method
What is the AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR Test? What does it measure?
The AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR is a laboratory test kit that can measure the amount of HIV-1 RNA in human plasma. The amount of HIV in the blood is called the "viral load". The AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR test uses a technology called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to measure very small amounts of genetic material, known as RNA, that is contained inside the HIV virus particle.
AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR TESTING - The Steps involved
There are a few steps involved in carrying out an AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR viral load test which takes us from the doctors office to the laboratory and back again.
Having an AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR viral load test can be broken down into three stages:
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