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Double Checking
      #159468 - 09/02/05 01:15 PM

The following was in a string a little bit back. Are these numbers right?

"The science on this topic is simple. 98% show positive (if infected) by week 5-6. 99.5% positive by week 8, 99.9999999999999% by week 11-12. Using modern Elisa tests! "

Does it apply to home tests as well?

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Re: Double Checking new
      #159471 - 09/02/05 01:42 PM

This is what the CDC says. Keep in mind that the CDC is VERY conservative.

"The tests commonly used to detect HIV infection are actually looking for antibodies produced by an individual’s immune system when they are exposed to HIV. Most people will develop detectable antibodies within two to eight weeks (the average is 25 days). Ninety seven percent will develop antibodies in the first three months following the time of their infection. In very rare cases, it can take up to six months to develop antibodies to HIV."

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Re: Double Checking new
      #159474 - 09/02/05 03:57 PM

i think thats stupid. no one lasts longer than 3 months unless theyre on pep or cancer treatment. please clarify WHO are those people that take longer than 3 months and stop scaring the S#%( out of people, thankyou.

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Re: Double Checking new
      #159475 - 09/02/05 04:15 PM

A little harsh from the other anonymous. However, also in an earlier string, GMan said:

"for the last 7 years 3mo has been the conclusive time, the only way possible to have a chance of it taking more than 6 weeks to show is due to advance immune system depletion due to treatment of cancer."

Is he correct? He seems to know alot.

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Re: Double Checking new
      #159503 - 09/03/05 01:59 PM

This is correct, the information is directly from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, being that both have to be very liberal with the way they word things to cover there arses. They have different wording for medical professionals that work with HIV&Aids and Aids Service Organizations which state that 3 months is conclusive and there is no need for further testing after 3mo due to the accuracy of modern testing.

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