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What's The Accurate Window Period To Find Out If You Hiv

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is western blot test accurate in window period??

Hi doctor...I'm not english user, so I wonder if you can read my question.Sorry my poor english, but I have question.I had sexual realation with sexual commercial girl.( I am male and I had condom protected)After 27 days, I had ELISA test and...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
What you raise is a question about the timing of these two tests becoming fully positive. During the weeks after HIV infection the ELISA will become positive before the Western blot. However, the Western blot would not be completely negative and... Read more »

3 month Window Period or Six Month Window Period (WINDOW PERIOD, 6 WEEKS v 3MONTHS v 6 MONTHS)

Dr. Bob,Thank you for not only responding to me but for responding to all of us with concerns.... Read more »

Window Period (WINDOW PERIOD)

Dr. Frascino:Many apologies if I am repetitive. To make things easier, if you want to refer me to... Read more »

How Accurate Are Rapid HIV Tests? Study Finds Blood Tests Slightly More Accurate Than Oral Tests

Rapid HIV tests perform slightly worse when testing oral samples in comparison to blood, according to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Jan. 24. Researchers from Canada, led by Nitika Pant Pai, M.D., of McGill... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Symptomatic Primary HIV Infection in a 49-Year-Old Man Who Has Sex With Men: Beware the Window Phase

The researchers describe the case of a 49-year-old male who presented at an Amsterdam STD outpatient clinic in the fall of 2009. The patient had "fever, malaise, generalized rash, anal itching and rectal discharge after unprotected receptive anal... Read more »

Innovative Rapid HIV Test Appears to Detect Acute HIV; OraQuick Rapid Saliva Tests Found to Be Not Very Accurate for High Risk Testers

My name's Chris Pilcher and I'm a HIV researcher from UCSF [University of California, San Francisco]. I'm principally interested in HIV diagnostics and particularly in detecting and managing acute HIV infection. The poster is appropriately titled,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

India Must Enhance HIV/AIDS Programs in Uttar Pradesh to Accurately Estimate Number of Cases, Defeat Epidemic, Advocates Say

India must scale up its HIV/AIDS programs in the densely populated state of Uttar Pradesh to accurately estimate the number of HIV-positive people and curb the epidemic, according to HIV/AIDS advocates, Reuters India reports. The state -- one of... Read more »
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Testing in the window period?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I am getting ready to take my first HIV test next week. It will be 8 weeks since my exposure. I have heard that the window period is 3 months, but I can't wait any longer...the anxiety and stress is getting me and I can't hold out any longer. My... Read more »

Facts. Window Period

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
How Do I Know If I Have HIV?

The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get an HIV test.

If you are at risk of HIV, you should have an HIV test every six months. You should also reduce your risk (see the section on Prevention).

Soon after... Read more »

Canada's window period?

Posted by Anonymous
I read that in Canada, the window period is 6 weeks to 2 months. Is this true? Do they use the same Elsa tests as we have here or do they use another type test that picks up HIV earlier and faster and more accurately? Why doesnt the USA use this... Read more »

the window period

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
please can someone define for me the window period. I had a sexual exposure and I had a test at 5 month and it was negative. It was an anonymous test. The nurse told me that this is enough, because an HIV test are required at 3 month. When I... Read more »