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Is it accurate?
Jun 28, 2001

I am 26 weeks pregnant and had an hiv test done at 11 weeks, first what kind of tests are given to pregnant women and second is it accurate enough to have it not repeated?

Response from Dr. Jackson

Pregnant women are tested for antibody to HIV using a screening test called an enzyme immunoassay (EIA). These tets are very accurate for detecting HIV antibody. It is very reliable in detecting HIV antibody which is usually present within 3-6 weeks after infection. If you think that you may have been exposed within the last few weeks of testing you may want to repeat the test at a later date. If the EIA test is positive then it should be confirmed by a Western blot test and another sample of your blood should be tested as well to confirm the presence of HIV antibody on a different blood draw.

BJ


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