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Is a 6 month test good enough? I'm sooooooooo confused.
Aug 23, 2001

Do you feel a negative ELISA at 6 months is enough to rule out HIV infection? There seem to be so many individuals taking multiple ELISAs and expensive viral load tests (RNA, DNA PCR), and even individuals continuing to test beyond 6 months. I am really confused. The CDC says 6 months is enough, yet even indications on this website have suggested testing out to a year or more. What information should one believe? I can see now why there are so many worried wells out there!

Response from Dr. Dezube

I stick with the CDC recommendation that 6 months is good enough. I wouldn't be so surprised that different experts give slightly different opinions. We are just humans and we often read data differently; that's human nature. Medicine is simply not as exact of a science as one would think. There's a lot of judgment calls. You are indeed correct that there is conflicting information. The CDC is a reliable source.


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