Most HIV experts says 4-6 weeks HIV Duo tests results are conclusive, including H. Hunter Handsfield, MD; but most here at the medical community are attached to the 3 months mark. I remeber someone saying about conclusiveness of Duo test results before 12 weeks "these doctors don't write the guidelines" but i can see H. Hunter Handsfield, MD as one of the writers of the 2006 CDC Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings.
So, my question is ¿is he wrong on his statements?
French guideline establishes 6 weeks as conclusive with the Duo test ¿why?
That is not correct at all. PCR-RNA tests cannot give a conclusive negative result any earlier than any other test. A PCR-RNA test is not a stand alone test and has to be followed up with an antibody test.
1. - Is a 12 weeks result with the duo definitive and conclusive or should someone need to go for further testing?
2. - Is late seroconversion an urban myth with duo tests for HIV-1?
3. - Are 12 weeks enough to discard completely HIV-2?
No late seroconversion does happen. I'm sorry you were ill advised. Those that may have a later than normal seroconversion are those on Chemo, those that take antirejection drugs for organ transplants and chronic IV drug abusers.
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