How Accurate Is The Elisa Test

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DNA PCR v. Elisa Test

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...
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
He is probably right. It comes down to what you feel comfortable with.MH Read more »

Tear gas and Elisa test?

Hi doc,can my exposure to tear gas mess up an HIV test? I took tests at days 28, 80, and 96. All... Read more »


How accurate is elisa test on HIV.i had pneumonea and the doctors says my test on Elisa is positive... Read more »
The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

FAQs About HIV Testing From's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...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 »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...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 »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...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 »
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

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 »
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