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Please clarify Dr. Henry
Nov 2, 2002

Hi Dr. Henry,

I would just like a quick clarification on something. I noticed in one of your answers, you state that a six week antibody test would be a "big relief."

The reason I ask is because I got back a negative from a 6.5 week orasure 3rd gen elisa. The lab here says I can practically forget about hiv at this point, and if I want to, I can test again in six weeks, but it'll be negative again.

I know this a side-effect forum, but I would just like your opinion on your statement of six weeks. Thank you from hawaii-

Response from Dr. Henry

When a person is stressed out about the possibility of HIV infection, further reassurance is often obtained with an additional test though-as you state-many experts would state that no further testing is warranted.

KH



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