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what is the approximate widow period range for determine,statpak and uni-gold strips in detection of HIV
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Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question. It seems you have some questions about some HIV tests. We're happy to answer your question.

The "STAT-PAK" test is an antibody test, and the Uni-Gold test is a form of the rapid test. Here is a bit of information on these tests:
Test Name Method Window Period Conditions
Enzyme Immunoassay Antibody (EIA) 3rd Generation (ELISA) Blood test that looks for antibodies. Up to 95% of infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks post exposure. Most people develop detectable antibodies in 21-25 days. Most commonly available testing method. Conclusive at 3 months post exposure
Rapid or “Point-of-Care” Blood or oral swab test that looks for antibodies. Up to 95% of infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks post exposure. Most people develop detectable antibodies in 21-25 days. The rapid test is a type of 3rd Generation test. Two forms available: finger prick blood sample or oral swab. Oral swab test is most common in the U.S. but due to false positives in Canada it is not approved and blood collection is more likely. Many places in the U.S. and abroad may charge a fee for rapid testing. Conclusive at 3 months post exposure
You'll see in the charts that each of these tests is considered conclusive 3 months post exposure, so have 3 month window periods.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your questions, we hope they've been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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