|this will clear up all home access confusion
May 21, 2003
Is the home access 1st generation test at 3 months(84 days) as accurate as a third or fourth generation test at 3 months(84 days)?
| Response from Mr. Kull
For the majority of cases, both have relatively the same accuracy at three months. Early generation assays will detect antibodies to HIV in about 6 to 12 weeks following exposure; newer generation (3rd and 4th) can detect antibodies as early as three to four weeks. Also, newer generation tests are fine tuned to detect antibodies to all known subtypes of HIV. This is not as important for someone whose exposure is limited to the U.S., since subtypes that are commonly found in the U.S. would be detected by 1st generation.
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