Window Period Hiv Nucleic Acid Test

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What,s the window period for HIV RNA nucleic acid testing?

Because I did one within 27 days and then a nucleic acid test around 8 weeks and around 11 weeks and 12 weeks, all came back negative. Now I can put this all behind me but after being raped at 35 years old and I'm a guy . and I have a partner since...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...In theory, the HIV RNA test could be positive within a few hours or days after a person has become infected. The test is most useful early after Read more »

HIV NAAT Test & Hepatitis

I just took a negative Hiv test (@ 7 weeks with rapid Elisa) at the AHF clinic here in Los... Read more »


dear dr bob when do you reccomened the hiv rna qualative test for diagnostic purpose... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...load tests detect pieces of HIV genetic material. They show up before the immune system manufactures antibodies. There is also "nucleic acid testing." It is similar to viral load testing. Blood banks use it to screen donated blood. The viral load... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...results must be confirmed by a traditional blood sample ( ELISA plus WB ). RNA / NAAT Testing The "NAT" or "NAAT" test (nucleic acid amplification test) is used to detect the presence of genetic material that is specific to HIV. It is... 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

...antigen/antibody assays reduce the diagnostic windowperiod by circa six days compared to single antibody testing alone. The addition of a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) for HIV RNA to an HIV screening algorithm increases the... Read more »
The Body PRO

Rapid HIV Antibody Testing May Have Limitations in a Population With High Incidence of HIV

...summary of results of our HIV testing program for the last five years. We realized after North Carolina started doing pooled nucleic acid amplification testing, or NAT, that we would start doing this. In September of 2003, we became the second... Read more »
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