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3rd Generation...what does it mean??
      #27032 - 01/15/02 03:34 PM

Some of you may recall that I spoke to the clinic that performed my 9.5 week test regarding whether or not the test used is a 3rd Generation Elisa or not. First, my counselor told me it was an "older test."

I then spoke to her supervisor who didn't really know either but told me that the lab they send it to, the Ohio Health Department, uses cutting edge equipment.

Now, I've had my blood drawn by my physician for my 3 month test. I asked my doctor which test the lab uses and she didn't really know. She encouraged me to call the lab directly for the information which I did. I spoke to the Technical Manager of Microbology and he said that he had never heard the of the test referred to as 3rd generation but to his knowledge, there were no newer tests available than the ones they're using. He said he even pulled the packaging from the test and it didn't say anything about 3rd generation.

What is the deal...these people do these tests for a living. Don't they keep current on the lastest developments in their field? It's as if I'm speaking a foreign language when I mention 3rd generation elisas.

Should I assume that these labs do use the latest technology??

This lab is owned by quest diagnostics...does anyone know what tests are used by quest??

Frustratedly yours,


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Re: 3rd Generation, more worried about antibodies new
      #27077 - 01/15/02 11:59 PM

That does sound frustrating. I would assume that they are using 3rd generation tests, but even if they're not it should be darn accurate by 3 months. I read someplace that the really older tests are not quite as good at picking up antibodies during the 3-4 week range. Should not affect the 3 month test much.

I'm more worried about the body not producing antibodies than I am about the quality of the tests. The test can be the most sensitive they've got, but if the body has decided not to produce antibodies, it wont react positively with the test. Reasons for no antibodies: Co-infection with hepatitis C, or auto-immune disorders, or other underlying causes.

I'll be testing at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, and 10 years.... No not really..

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