|Is it too late to trust my test?
Oct 29, 2007
Dear Dr Frascino,
I've read your replies in the archives regarding that it would be very "rare" for someone post-6 months, or in late stage HIV not to test positive on an ELISA. Could you put "rare" in better perspective? Have you or your immediate colleagues in your practive ever encountered a patient (beyond the expected seroconversion period) who needed tests other than the ELISA to detect infection?
I had many foolish unprotected anal acts 5-15 years ago, and want to know that a negative ELISA this far down the road can be trusted.
Thank you for your time. Donation is on the way!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
HIV ELISA tests remain exquisitely accurate in detecting HIV seropositivity at 5-15 years from the date of potential exposure. Does that put enough perspective on your particular situation to give you confidence that a negative ELISA can indeed be trusted? Said another way, if your ELISA is negative at 5-15 years out from a potential HIV exposure, the only thing you need to do is WOO-HOO, OK?
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