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Quest Diagnostics Hiv Test Policy

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Quest Diagnostic!

I went to quest to have some blood work done, I asked about False Negative HIV tests AFTER the window like 2yrs after, he said it can take up to 6 YEARS to test positive!!!!!!! Is this true, do I need to keep testing after my negative...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
That is inaccurate information. Most people test positive 25 days after infection, and virtually everyone will test positive 3 months after infection. In rare cases, a person may take six months or longer to develop a detectable level of... Read more »

QUEST LABS

Hello Ryan. On 10-14-01, a person on this forum claimed that he (or she) was getting his blood... Read more »

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Spoke to Quest Diagnostics Dr!

Posted by dontbelieveit, 1 Reply
I just spoke to the Dr that performed my test at Quest Diagnostics and asked him a bunch of questions.

Q1. What generation test was performed.
A. The most current test. (He never said rather it was 3rd or 4th).

Q2. What does the test check for?
A... Read more »

Quest Diagnostics??? no...it's not them

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Although Jocko's info, as-far-as the validity of a PCR DNA is correct, his "source" of where that info is
coming from is wrong.

Quest Diagnostics contracts with a lot of "draw stations" and "organizations" such as "AIDS Specialized
testing aka HIV... Read more »

Quest Diagnostics

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is Quest the best option for people not wanting to test through a health department or doctors office? I have called the hotline and it seems reputable but expensive. Please offer your opinions

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testing w/ ehiv or other sites using quest?

Posted by Anonymous
There are a couple of sites that you can arrange to go and have a blood drawn for a hiv test at a local Quest Diagnostics. Some of these sites say that they use "1st generation" (and they tell you to test at 3 and 6 months) testing and others "3rd... Read more »