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flaguy
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Testing in the window period?
      #21795 - 09/02/01 01:25 PM

I am getting ready to take my first HIV test next week. It will be 8 weeks since my exposure. I have heard that the window period is 3 months, but I can't wait any longer...the anxiety and stress is getting me and I can't hold out any longer. My question is:

How accurate will an 8-wk test be? I know that I will have to test again at 12 weeks, but my mind needs me to test at 8 weeks too. I have been told that my risk is low, and that an 8 week test will "probably" be enough, but a 12-week test will "definitely" be enough. This is an experience that I will NEVER want to go through again and I have learned a valuable lesson.

Please let me know what you all think. I am thankful that I found this board...I wish I would have found it sooner.
I thank you in advance for all of your responses.

Sincerely
flaguy



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nez
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Re: Testing in the window period? new
      #21796 - 09/02/01 01:50 PM

average time it take to detect antibodies is 21-25 days you will be almost 3 times that so I would say it is very reliable for you.



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JO1
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Re: Testing in the window period? new
      #21798 - 09/02/01 02:08 PM

I have read that close to 90% will test positive at 8 weeks, if you test negative at 8 weeks it will be very unlikely to test positive at 12 weeks. Good Luck.



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Anonymous
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Re: Testing in the window period? new
      #21822 - 09/03/01 08:27 PM

Its more like 95% at 4 weeks
some people just refuse to believe this.



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exWorryWart
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Re: Testing in the window period? new
      #21828 - 09/03/01 09:52 PM

Hey flaguy, I was in the same boat as you, I got a test at exactly 8 weeks. It came back negative and am relieved, I'm fairly confident about those results. My health has been 100% fine with no suspicious symptoms since that test so I'm fairly sure I'm negative. Still, though, I plan to take another test at 12 weeks just to be sure.

Go ahead and take the test at 8 weeks, it'll be fairly accurate.



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Anonymous
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Re: Testing in the window period? new
      #21836 - 09/03/01 10:49 PM

whatever 143



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Anonymous
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Re: Testing in the window period? new
      #21838 - 09/03/01 11:29 PM

Dr Goldstone has stated 90-95% will show positive within 1 month on current elisa tests.
Those of you who refuse to believe these figures
DON'T HAVE TO you can stress yourselves for 6 months
once again I am negative 8 week and 24 weeks Im in the clear.
If I had known this when I was in the window I would have felt better about my 8 week test.
Doctors on this site and others never seen someone test Positive after 8 week negative.
who has their head in the sand ?
you don't help here get lost this is for people who are in the window and need someone who has been there to at least try and say something good even if you say it is just information people want to believe its the truth 3rd generation tests an detect HIV within the first Month and most will test positive within the first month even if the CDC lowers the window to 3 months this is just the outer limit of the window.




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Anonymous
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Re: Testing in the window period? new
      #21839 - 09/04/01 12:04 AM

Dr Gallant recently said the average time for a positive serology is 21 days.




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Anonymous
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Re: Testing in the window period? new
      #21840 - 09/04/01 12:06 AM

you said you had a exposure do you know if the person had HIV ? or was it a possible exposure ?



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Re: Testing in the window period? new
      #21904 - 09/05/01 12:09 AM

Your a complete moron, Dr Goldstone is the only doctor that has ever said this and he isnt even a HIV specialist. All doctors and HIV specialist agree 4 weeks = 50% not 95. Your ignorance will get more people infected.



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