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Elisa-testing : Question
      #14221 - 12/25/00 06:04 AM

Hi there,

One question : I read a lot about the CDC in your country, they are saying that someone has to wait six months before you really can be sure about the HIV-status. Is this statement based on the fact that some people don't know their exact date of exposure or just that in some rare cases the body needs more than 3 months, but at most 6 months to produce detectable HIV-antibodies? I mean is it an physical/body issue or an mental one, meaning that if someone doesn't know the exact date then after 6 months of having no sex at all and testing negative HIV can ruled out in the first place? in other words, if you know your exact date of exposure one have to wait six months???? I don't understand the 3-6 month time windows, is it 3 or 6 month???



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Re: Elisa-testing : Question new
      #14222 - 12/25/00 06:29 AM

If you know exactly the date of exposure, 3 months is enough.



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Re: Elisa-testing : Question new
      #14224 - 12/25/00 12:59 PM

Not Ture. Six months is just the time it takes for most to convert, not all, just most...........Date of exposure may be an issue if you have 100's of partners, but in most cases people can single out the one or two exposures in question....In almost all cases the person worried about HIV, was never even exposed in the first place. This the single most important fact when testing for HIV, relative risk.



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Re: Elisa-testing : Question new
      #14226 - 12/25/00 02:59 PM

Tell me something: If 6 months is not long enough, how long should one wait? 12 months, 2 years? Better yet, why dont we all just keep torturing ourselves and test for the rest of our lives?



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Re: Elisa-testing : Question new
      #14227 - 12/25/00 06:04 PM

people who have sex with different partners every year should test at least yearly. testing every 3 months is only recommended for drug user's sex pro's and gay males.



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Re: Elisa-testing : Question new
      #14238 - 12/26/00 02:12 AM

3 months then test at 6 if you are having symptoms.



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Re: Window period war again??? new
      #14239 - 12/26/00 03:10 AM

We are going to test for the rest of our life.



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