The DUO is excellent at 4 weeks and the expert doctors are aware of this fact,however all you need to do is follow up at 12 weeks for a conclusive result.A 4 week DUO and then a 12 week antibody is the best way to test.
The scientific facts are that a DUO at 4 weeks is 99.89% accurate and is highly reliable.You then would need to back that up at 12 weeks for a conclusive result.The expert doctors wouldn't say the DUO was this accurate if they didn't have the figures and scientific proof to back it up.It's not just the expert doctors here at medhelp that are saying this either.Many Hiv specialists concur.That's why they offer the test in the first place.
Package Insert - GS HIV Combo Ag/Ab EIA
GS HIV Combo Ag/Ab EIA
Manufacturer: Bio-Rad Laboratories
GS HIV Combo Ag/Ab EIA
13 - LIMITATIONS OF THE PROCEDURE
A negative test result at any point in the investigation of individual subjects does not preclude the possibility of exposure to or infection with HIV-1 and/or HIV-2.
Negative results can occur if the quantity of marker present in the sample is too low for the detection limits of the assay, or if the marker which is detected is not present during the stage of disease in which a sample is collected.
Current methods for the detection of HIV may not detect all infected individuals. An ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo test result that is nonreactive does not exclude the possibility of exposure to or infection with HIV-1 and/or HIV-2. Nonreactive results in this assay for individuals with prior exposure to HIV-1 and/or HIV-2 may be due to antigen and antibody levels below the limit of detection of this assay.
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