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25 week window CONCLUSIVE?
Oct 16, 1996

I was wondering if an HIV test at 25 weeks is acccurate enough to be considered CONCLUSIVE. (I believe 6 mo. is 26 weeks) Is it close enough?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

Whether we're looking at 6 months being 25 weeks or 26 weeks, that's still 6 months in any realistic term. At 6 months the tests are more than 99% accurate at picking up HIV infection. So whether you were tested at 25 weeks or 26 weeks doesn't make any real difference as far as the accuracy of this test. A few days won't make any real difference at this point in time. So a test at 6 months, 25 weeks, or 26 weeks, however you look at it, is still a fully accurate test.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide). Rick Sowadsky MSPH CDS



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