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"New" test or "Old" test/ (3 months or 6 months)
      #159929 - 09/13/05 02:34 AM

I found the following online-

QUESTION- It is just overwhelming when you have to wait 6 months [for conclusive HIV results]. Different Internet sites say different things about the window period. states 3 months is a conclusive point, others state 8 weeks. In your practice, have you even seen anyone convert past 3 months?

ANSWER- Lisa Capaldini, M.D.

The source of the confusion is this: the older HIV antibody tests DID have a 3 to 6 month window period during which an HIV-infected person might not have made detectable antibodies: hence we recommended testing up to six months post-exposure.

The NEWER antibody tests are typically positive within 4-6 weeks, and with these newer tests the 6 month window is no longer relevent. So to answer your good question, yes, I have seen people go from HIV negative to positive between the 3 to 6 month period with the OLD test- this type of delayed antibody reaction is NOT characteristic of the newer tests in use now, so file the retest at six months is the HIV historical practice bin!

So my Question-
What is considered the new tests?"
Given the fact that LabCorp is using a GenII test.. its that considered new?
Does a Gen II test fall into the 3 month or 6 month window?


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Re: "New" test or "Old" test/ (3 months or 6 months) new
      #159933 - 09/13/05 04:10 AM

"Debtex" or 'Gman", can you provide more informed answers to these questions?

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Re: "New" test or "Old" test/ (3 months or 6 mont new
      #159939 - 09/13/05 01:34 PM

I'm just guessing here, but I think any HIV antibody test you get these days will be a more sensitive version. I have no idea about Labcorp specifically, though you ought to be able to ask them directly. Perhaps Debtex or Gman will want to weigh in on this one.

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Re: "New" test or "Old" test/ (3 months or 6 mont new
      #159962 - 09/14/05 12:38 AM

I did and they said Version II-

Would love to hear debtex of gman or any other experts on this one- PLEASE

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