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why do people and doctors say you have to wait 6 months for the hiv test
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According to CDC's guidelines, 97% of the people develop antibodies in the first 3 months, but in rare cases, it can take up to 6 months. CDC cannot afford to be wrong; therefore, they are taking very conservative stand on the window period for HIV testing. In today's technology, stand alone antibody test is conclusive at 6-8 weeks.
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In theory, six months is usually required for people whose immune system has highly compromised due to chemo therapy, etc. But this is seriously called into question with today's modern tests.. Antibody test are conclusive at 6-8 weeks, and tasts that combine Ab with p24 used even before that because they are designed for early detection of HIV. So 3 months is a formality, not a practice.

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There are no tests marketed or sold to give a conclusive negative test result earlier than 3 months post exposure.
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teak, how about if you go to this web site and ask them why do the sell the hiv pcr dna test and they say its conclusive at 28 day, you can chat with them too
www.stdalert.com
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I do not care what it says. PCR-DNA are not HIV diagnostic tests and they aren't approved for diagnostic use.
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so why do they sell it for 200 dollars
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PCR-DNA test is not meant to use for diagnostic for HIV. The false result ratio is very high compare to other tests that are used; therefore, it is never recommended by experts to get this test. They are selling it for $200 because everyone like you buys it, and when they get false negative or positive, they hit their head to the wall.
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So, you dont agree with the experts on this website ? because they say standalone antibody test is conclusive between 6-8 weeks, or at 4 weeks mark, you can take duo test?
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This forum goes by the manufactures approvals.
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The expert doctors here at medhelp say that because they have never seen a negative result at 6 to 8 weeks turn positive at 3 months,let alone 6 months.
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What do you really think? According to CDC, oral sex carries HIV risk, but again according to this website it does not. Manufacturer guidelines are not something that i am interested in learning. Since you have all the expertise, i want to know what you really think?
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This forum goes by the testing guidelines of the manufacture and the FDA along with the CDC.There are no tests that will give a conclusive negative test result earlier than 3 months post exposure.
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