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Which test?

Which is more reliable. A negative PCR test in the window period or a negative antibody test after the window period?
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PCR tests cannot give conclusive test results.
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Which one is more reliable Teak? Surely a PCR detects the virus where as an antibody detects response ? Why is an antibody considered conclusive?
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The antibody test at 3 months post exposure.
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A p24combo is excellent at 4 weeks,followed up by an antibody test at 3 Months.The HIV RNA by PCR is good for early detection but is not a stand alone test.
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The question was; "Which is more reliable. A negative PCR test in the window period or a negative antibody test after the window period?"
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The negative antibody after the window period.Sorry,didn't read the post properly.
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What is the science behind that? I thought looking for something directly would be easier than looking for a reaction to something? Thanks for the response.
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That question was already answered;
PCR tests cannot give conclusive test results

A negative antibody test at 3 months is conclusive.

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So you would take a neg 3 month antibody over a neg PCR? In terms of accuracy & reliability?
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Reread the replies you have already been given.
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