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Antibody test question
      #15627 - 02/15/01 07:14 PM

I had an antibody test recently, in Amsterdam. I was at a clinic and they gave me the results the next day. If I had done it in the morning they would have been done by noon! I'm back in the USA now and waiting on a follow up test that won't be ready for a week to 10 days or more!!! And every place I checked with is about the same! I've heard of people getting test results in a few hours to a day here in the States as well, but I can't remember where. Does anyone know why it takes so long to get results here? Could it just be a combination of bureaucracy with a little punishment thrown in? Just wondering... Cheers



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Re: Antibody test question new
      #15629 - 02/15/01 08:28 PM

Actually private labs work faster and can tell you the results the same days, in about 3 hours or such. Those test are expensive compared to public clinics that for the low price or even cheap they wait till they have certain amount of samples and then send them to the labs. The fact is that a test given the result the same day is as accurate as the test given the result the next week.



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Re: Antibody test question new
      #15633 - 02/15/01 08:54 PM

I haven't had any of my results take more than 2 days. It was the same test as the clinics use- Elisa 3rd Gen. The clinics send them in batches not just 1 sample so it will take a bit longer.



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