Dr. Holodniy: I just had a DNA PCR test for a possible exposure six weeks ago (I haven't gotten the results yet). The doctor at the testing facility advised me that the DNA PCR at 4+ weeks is as accurate as the Elisa test is at 3 months. I just...
...using a finger-prick rapid test. Should I now get tested again using a different test? Are the rapid versions of the EIA or ELISA tests completely accurate? When they say the HIV antibody test is looking for the antibodies, does this mean... Read more »
...results, the test has usually been done two or more times. The first test is called an "EIA" or "ELISA" test. Before a positive ELISA test result is reported, it is confirmed by another test called a "Western Blot". This is why home test kits... Read more »
...outside labs, where they are tested in batches, so you may have to wait one to two weeks for results. Beyond the Window Period ELISA tests are very rarely "false negative." This means if you have a negative test result, and you had met the... Read more »
Table of Contents What Is HIV? What Is AIDS? What Is the Difference Between HIV and AIDS? How Do I Know if I Have HIV? Do I Need to Get Tested for HIV? Why Should I Get Tested? What Tests Are Available? Where Can I Get Tested? ... Read more »