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HIV testing and pregnant: URGENT
Mar 6, 2001

Here is my question: I have a client who is worried that she may have contracted HIV, but the test are not picking them up. We have run ELISA tests at 8, 14, 24, 32 and 38 weeks. All of these tests have been negative and she is due it a couple of days. Are the test results accurate? Is she not infected? Should we run some other type of test? Thanks

Response from Dr. Luzuriaga

Because the vast majority of individuals make HIV antibodies within weeks of infection, ELISA's are the recommended screening test for adults. With 5 negative ELISA's, it is unlikely that your client is infected.Other tests are uasually not recommended unless an individual presents with symptoms consistent with acute HIV infection syndrome (fever, rash, adenopathy, etc.) and has a negative ELISA.

KL


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