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Oraquick or ELISA Test at 12 weeks?
Aug 12, 2006

Dr. Bob,

Which test should I take the Oraquick or ELISA when I go for my 12 week test on August 8? I have done both. It is kinda hard to compare test results with the Oraquick. But with the ELISA, it could be done. This is the reason why I am asking such a question.

Plus, I have read that unprotected vaginal sex is considered high risk. Should I continue testing after the 12 week test?

Lastly, thank you again for the advice on the counselling and medication. It has made the last 4 weeks bearable.

Thanks,

Medicated Son of Worried Mother

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Both OraQuick and ELISA are considered to be highly accurate at 12 weeks. I see no reason to "compare test results." Either OraQuick or ELISA will give a definitive and conclusive result if negative at 12 weeks. If positive, the OraQuick would only be considered preliminarily positive and would require a confirmatory test by routine serology. If the ELISA is positive, it will need confirmation with a Western Blot or Immunofluorescent assay (IFA). Testing beyond 12 weeks is not necessary in my opinion, although it is, of course, always available.

Good luck!

Dr. Bob



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