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Sep 9, 2002

Dr. Francisco,What is the diference between EIA and ELISA anitbodies tests? Can one of them show positive sooner then the other one? And also, from your experience is conjunctivitis usualy a symptom of ARS? Thanks, a

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello A,

EIA and ELISA are essentially the same. EIA = Enzyme Immune Assay. ELISA = Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay. They both refer to the same enzyme-based technology for detecting antibodies to the HIV virus. Consequently, there is no difference in time these tests take to detect antibodies directed against HIV. Three months after the potential exposure is what we recommend.

Conjunctivitis can occur in ARS, but is usually not a common symptom from my experience.

Stay well.

Dr. Bob


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