Anonymous
hi, i went for an hiv test at kaiser after five weeks and five days...they tested for hiv1 plass 2 ab.. the results came out negative... i did a bit of research at for kiser and they say they use Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...how effective is that test??? what is the progbability of the results changing after three months or six months..they told me to come back in six months...i am at the four month mark but i feel really scared. Thank you in advance.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for your question.

The ELISA test detects 95% of HIV infections within 4-6 weeks, and 99.8% after 3 months. Here at AIDS Vancouver we recommend 3 months for conclusive testing, but other countries have 6 month guidelines. Typically, however, the 6 month guideline is for specific high-risk circumstances. The likelihood of your results changing at 3 months is small, but we still do recommend that 3 month test in order to get conclusive results. In regard to the 6 month suggestion, I would call your testing site and ask why they recommend that time frame for you.

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