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Urine Tests
      #60985 - 03/19/03 10:10 AM

Hi,
I took a Urine Test for HIV at 8 months. First off, how accurate is a urine test for HIV and by the way, I tested negative for antibodies. Is this a good sign?



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Re: Urine Tests??? new
      #60996 - 03/19/03 01:45 PM

i have heard of testing for hiv with salvia but is there a urine test now for HIV?



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Re: Urine Tests??? new
      #60997 - 03/19/03 02:42 PM

Yes, there has been a Urine test for HIV since 1996. Its produced by a company name calptye or something like that. Most insurance companies test for HIV through a Urine Sample now. Like all major infections - antibodies are produced and can also be detected in urine. However I do not know if they are as accurate as a blood test. Note that the Urine test is also an Elisa Test and can be subjected to a Western Blot for confirmation. However I also did read somewhere on this message board that at 25 days an antibody test is 95% accurate and a 3 months it is 98% accurate. The reason why CDC reccomends 3 months is so the other 3% of people who take longer to produce antibodies will not be missed. 6 months is for very rare cases. Any comments on what I have said?



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