I have had alternating blocked nostrils for one year completely
HIV 2 needs separate HIV PCR specific for HIV 2.
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Your symptoms are unlikely to be due to HIV.
Yes, both HIV 1 and 2 can cause AIDS. But the prevalence of HIV 2 infection is less than 1% throughout the world except for certain parts of XXXXXXX
HIV PCR tests are more confirmatory 3-4 weeks after the exposure, even though it can detect the presence of infection still earlier.
As far as PCR is concerned or antigen detection tests are concerned, we have to go for separate PCR tests for HIV 1 and 2.
HIV 2 RNA PCR test is available with few laboratories.
Feel free to ask further.