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Rapid test
      #193254 - 05/26/06 10:22 AM

Mass says 6 week window period for a hiv blood test but 3 months for a rapid test. I thought they [rapid test] was the same sensitivity. I think its just the way it was certified.
Does anyone have any insite into this window period?

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Re: Rapid test new
      #193272 - 05/26/06 11:39 AM

That's the first I've heard that Mass has different window periods for different tests.

From what I've read, the rapid test and the blood serum tests are both effective once the window period (three months in most places) has passed. Within the window period, or very soon after infection, the rapid test may be slightly less sensitive, because it does require slightly higher levels of antibody to register positive. This is one of the reasons why testing within the window period is not conclusive.

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Re: Rapid test new
      #193275 - 05/26/06 11:42 AM

That's true. And beside that "little problem" Some individuals don't show positive on rapid test for some reason. Read this one.


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Re: Rapid test new
      #193276 - 05/26/06 11:45 AM

That's true. And beside that "little problem" Some individuals don't show positive on rapid test for some reason. Read this one.
http://www.thebody.com/cgi-bin/bbs/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=testpos&Number=181317&page=&view=&sb=5&o=&vc=1

Sorry accidentally posted...

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Leon
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Re: Rapid test new
      #193279 - 05/26/06 12:06 PM

Particularly, I had my last rapid test something like 2 or 3 weeks ago, 18 months after my exposure. But my symptoms (swollen lymph nodes on my neck, mostly; and diarrhea for a few days) started just two months before the test. MY ONLY EXPOSURE WAS 19 MONTHS AGO. My rapid test result is negative, and I hope to keep like that, but the lymph node swelling is still there (well, they are not so swollen by now, less than 10mm., maybe 5 or 6 mm) and this keeps me worried all the time. I made a lot of research, and the rapid tests really compares to ELISA, but sometimes (like 1 in 1000) they both miss the diagnose, that keeps me worried all the time too. Can somebody tell if its normal to the symptoms to appear that late?

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Re: Rapid test new
      #193316 - 05/26/06 04:21 PM

Maybe you should ask your own question instead of hi-jacking someone else post

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