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Rapid Antibody Test
Mar 14, 2010

Hi Dr. Bob,

Although I realize the normal window for HIV testing is three months, what do you think of a negative result for HIV-1/HIV-2 Rapid Antibody Test at eight weeks?

I have another appointment at the the three month mark to be more certain of my status. A month sure does seem far though.

It's incredible what worry can do to a person. Thanks for all you do ... you sure make a difference for many.

Mark

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi Mark,

What do I think about a negative eight-week HIV-1/2 rapid test? I think it's encouraging and that it's four weeks too early to be definitive. Hopefully you'll find it reassuring to note that the vast majority of HIV-infected folks have detectable levels of anti-HIV antibody in their blood within four to six weeks following primary infection.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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