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3 Months Vs 6 Months Antibody Testing

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Is 3 and 6 Month (Elisa ) Antibody Testing All I Can Do?

I gave unprotected oral sex involving ejaculation to a man with unknown risk factors. It happened 2 times in March and 1 time in mid-June of 1998. I was tested (Elisa) in July and that was negative. I have to be tested again around Sept to cover the...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...The standard guidelines call for HIV antibody testing after exposure and again at 3 and 6 months following the exposure, or time 0. HIV-1 antibody tests will pick up >95-98% of patients within the first 3 months after acute Read more »

24 HIV test alll negative

DR BOB,Having taken 24 HIV over a 12 month period your assistance is needed. I experinced hot... Read more »

Why ????????????????????????????????? (3 MONTHS VS 6 MONTHS)

Hi, and thank you for all the hope you are spreading, I guess hope is the ultimate gift a person... Read more »
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HIV Testing

...testing tells you if you are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which causes AIDS. Most of these tests look for "antibodies" to HIV. Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system to fight a specific germ. Other types of... Read more »
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Viral Load Tests

...load a few days after HIV infection. This is better than the standard HIV (antibody) test, which can be "negative" for 2 to 6 months after HIV infection. (See Fact Sheet 102 for more information on HIV antibody testing.) For prognosis , viral... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

HIV Antibody Tests -- Now You Have Several Choices

...available. "Traditional" blood antibody tests: These tests were first developed in 1985 and were the first HIV tests available. If antibodies are being produced in the body, these tests can easily find them. These tests are widely available... Read more »
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Acute HIV Infection

...someone who was infected very recently. The test looks for antibodies produced by the immune system to fight HIV. It can take two months or more for these antibodies to be produced. See Fact Sheet 102 for more information. However, the viral... Read more »
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SRCHFRANS34.....8 weeks vs. 3 months vs 6 months

Posted by stupidgirl, 2 Replies
...know when the exposure was exactly they asks for six months. The CDC says to get tested at 6 months to be sure there isn't any antibodies. Being tested at eight weeks like i was is good but as i was told eighth week test means almost nothing.... Read more »

hiv oral quick vs blood test

Posted by bless4u, 3 Replies
... how long does it take for the antibodies to form on test there story says it can lay dormant . Read more »

Can PCR Amplify Antibodies?

Posted by ethan_hines, 1 Reply
...Can PCR be used to amplify HIV Antibodies. I ask this question because I know that during the "window" period (0~6months) a person tests negative for HIV antibodys since Read more »

3 months vs. 6 months window. Let's settle this!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Okay, if you had a QUESTIONABLE exposure it is 3 months. If you had sex with someone KNOWN or VERY LIKELY to have HIV, then your window period is 6 months. YOU CAN CLARIFY THIS WITH Read more »