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notanonymous
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Shorter Windows In Other Countries
      #35719 - 06/14/02 10:03 AM

i could be very mistaken about this, but it seems like i read somewhere that the reason some countried like, France, Sweden, and others have a shorter window period because they frequently use the newer 4th generation elisa where here in the US we still use the 3rd for the most part. some places where hiv is more common such as NYC, San Fran, etc. might already use 4th gen, not sure. could be wrong again, but i think the 4th generation uses a PCR component as well.



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une_fille
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Re: Shorter Windows In Other Countries new
      #35721 - 06/14/02 11:25 AM

hiya notanonymous et al,

i've been to two testing centers in NYC that both use 3rd generation and both say 3months is definitely conclusive. not sure what the nyc health department uses for testing. i have also been to another testing center when i first started all this testing and didn't know much about it and it surprisingly used 1st generation testing. so maybe the cdc is taking the older 1st generations into account when it says 6 months. i'm not sure, i'm just guessing.



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TerryD
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Re: Shorter Windows In Other Countries new
      #35724 - 06/14/02 11:57 AM

Welcome to the bs world of so-called aids science. In Africa they don't even have to test positive to be diagnosed with "AIDS". As long as they have the symptoms which are not even exclusive to AIDS. Window periods wil change when it fits their needs.



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Anonymous
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Re: Shorter Windows In Other Countries new
      #35736 - 06/14/02 05:40 PM

I don't think the CDC says 6 months. Where did you hear that? I think they say 3 months is conclusive, with the exception of certain rare instances, coinfection with hep C, etc.



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Anonymous
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Re: Shorter Windows In Other Countries new
      #35782 - 06/15/02 11:57 AM

THE 4TH GENERATION TEST IS ACTUALLY ANTIBODY AND P24 ANTIGEN,COMBINED IN THE SAME ASSAY,THEY SAY THAT IT CAN TELL BEFORE 8WEEKS,BUT 12 IS STILL RECOMENDED IN FRANCE.
(I WAS THERE LAST WEEK)THEY ARE VERY GOOD IN PARIS,AT
DIFFERENT,WIERD STRAINS OF HIV.)



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Re: Shorter Windows In Other Countries new
      #35816 - 06/17/02 12:55 AM

co-infection with hep c isn't rare



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