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Is a 4 month test long enough?
Oct 5, 2001

From your earlier answer Abbot determine is as accurate as ELISA's. I had a series of tests conducted with this kit the last one was after 4 months of possible exposure of hiv after condum protected intercourse with prostitute. Is this 4 months test gives me any guarantee, that I am not infected?

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The Abbot Determine HIV-1/2 assay is a rapid testing system that has very high sensitivity and specificity. The same window period that applies to the ELISA tests applies to rapid testing (see http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Archive/Testing/Q19109.qna). So, testing between 3 and 6 months following your exposure will yield a definitive result.

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