WINDOW PERIOD ON THIRD ELISA
Aug 21, 2000
Hi Doctor, My last possible exposure was involved with cunnilingus as foreplay and I was extra careful not to being exposed to vaginal secretion and before the oral contact, genital area were washed by soap. Vaginal intercourse were done by using latex condom. I had gum surgery 9 years ago and area often being infected for few days and go away automatically. Nevertheless, I tested after 7 weeks & 10 weeks from the last exposure and both result came out negative and I know that lab used third generation elisa/eia kit and OD/CO value came out as 0.019 . My primary physician told me no further testing is needed as my risk factor were very minimal. However, I would like to hear your opinion as to rule out 100 % HIV possibility. Should I be tested now (14 weeks) or wait until 6 month. Look forward to hear from you at your soonest convenience. Regards,
Response from Mr. Kull
If you want close to 100% accuracy on the HIV antibody test, wait until six months have elapsed since your last exposure. I tell my clients that anywhere between 3-6 months is highly accurate, especially among a low risk population (like yourself).
Read the response to How long do I have to wait to get tested? for more information.
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