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Hiv Test At Six Weeks With Third Generation Test

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Table of Contents What Is HIV Testing? How Do I Get Tested? Who Should Get Tested? When Should I Get Tested? Do Any Tests Work Sooner After Infection? What Does It Mean if I Test Positive? Are the Test Results Confidential? How Accurate Are the Tests? The Bottom Line What Is HIV Testing? HIV testing tells you if you are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. Most of these tests look...
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Third Generation tests

What is a third generation test.Is it a more updated test than say a 1st or 2nd gen.test. Lastly, which generation of tests would be the most "up to date"? ...
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 generation specifies the technology and types of HIV-1 that can be diagnosed. 3rd or 4th generation depending on the vendor are up-to-date. MH... Read more »


Doctor Bob,suppose for a minute you were French - or just being in doctor in France. The authorities there consider an Antibody/Antigen test conclusive at 6 weeks. (For standard Ab tests, they say 3 months, like CDC). Ok. Now, someone asks you in...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Bonjour Monsieur Dan!Je parle la langue de Molire. Alors, peut-tre je suis franais !!!??My job as "Dr. Bob," whether French, Italian or Zimbabwean, is to provide science-based factual information. I'm really not here to criticize or... Read more »

Third Generation Elisa

How well do third generation Elissa pick up antibodies at 6 weeks after exposure. I heard most people will seroconvert by 25-30 days post exposure. Ugh I really hope so I've never been special in life and it would suck to be special in this...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
The modern HIV antibody tests (Elisa) are extremely sensitive (over 99.7%) at detecting HIV antibodies if they are present. Most people if exposed will have antibodies develop by 6 weeks and over 99% of those who will become positive will test... Read more »

Generations of HIV testing-please answer asap!

DR BRUCE: If I test with an ELISA is there any difference in the type of test?- 2nd-3rd-4th-generation? Please answer this-I had tests done previously and they are all negative but I am afraid that with the Back generation mine was not of...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
I can understand your fear. Nevertheless, if you were negative at 5 months, then most likely you are still negative. I would not worry about what generation test you've had. This should not make a difference. The best thing you could do for... Read more »
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Third Generation Test (HIV1 AND 2)

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
To you all dont think about HIV 2 and that ELISA dont pick up HIV 2, The test used in sweden are ELISA third generation test and are HV 1 combined with HIV 2 and and the accurracy is the same for both HIV 1 and 2 But also HIV 1 test in most cases... Read more »

Third Generation Elisa

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello to you all,
I wanted to give you some information about HIV Test in Sweden were I live. Sweden have the strongest Disesase control department in the World. The main focus is to prevent others from HIV and more. They are saying that 3 month is... Read more »

4th Generation HIV Test

Posted by Trophy

An arsenal of laboratory methods are available to screen blood, diagnose infection, and monitor disease progression in individuals infected by HIV. These tests can be classified into those that: (a) detect antibody, (b) identify antigen, (c) detect... Read more »

Third Generation Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
does anyone know what the health clinics use? i would hope they would all be the same and would also hope they would be third generation. but, then again you never know with free services paid for by taxpayers/government. i would call and ask but,... Read more »