|Details on the ELISA test antigens
Jun 28, 2002
Just looking for a little clarification. From what we understand, the Western Blot tests antibodies found in your blood against HIV characteristic viral proteins in order to confirm an ELISA test.
We realise that ELISA tests for the presence of antibodies as well, but that the test is non-specific (i.e. there is the possibility of false positives -- a positive test result not due to HIV).
The crux of our question is just what type of antigen is the ELISA test using compared to those viral protein antigens used in the Western Blot.
Thank you for your help.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
It depends on the assay type.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.