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4th generation test
Nov 13, 2003

Dr Bob,first of all you are a great brave man. now to my case: i had unprotected sex with a woman with unknown hiv status, 35 days later i got tested with a 4th generation hiv eia test (HIVcombi detect antibody and the antigen p24)and it was negative. since this test reduce the window period do i need to retest 2 months from now ? is my result definitive ? how can i donate?

please help me out

scared boy

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Scared Boy,

I wish I could give you an all-clear definitive WOO-HOO, but I can't. We just don't have enough data to say that a negative EIA combined with a p24 antigen test at 35 days is conclusive. For a definitive result, you'll still need a three-month antibody test. I do not recommend testing prior to this.

Donation information for The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation can be found on The Foundation's website, www.concertedeffort.org. Credit card donations are now accepted, and of course, all donations are warmly appreciated.

Good luck on your three-month test. I will say that your negative HIV combination test is very encouraging. Stay well.

Dr. Bob



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