Anonymous
I really admire what you guys are doing.
I saw some posts saying that WHO claims 6 weeks 4th Gen test is conclusive. But they are missing one point from the posting

Here is the link
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs360/en/

Most people have a "window period", usually 3 to 6 weeks, during which antibodies to HIV are still being produced and are NOT YET detectable.

This early period of infection represents the time of greatest infectivity, but transmission can occur during all stages of the infection. If someone has had a recent possible HIV exposure, RETESTING should be done after 6 weeks to confirm test results, which enables sufficient time to pass for antibody production in infected individuals.


They are referring that 3 to 6 might not be good enough to be detectable

And a retest after 6 weeks is needed. In total initial 3 to 6 weeks + retest 6 weeks = 9 to 12 weeks. Does this make sense or did I get it wrong?

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Anonymous
Hi there,
Thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver with your question regarding HIV/AIDS.

At AIDS Vancouver we follow the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines that find testing done at 12 weeks (3 months or 84 days) after exposure to be conclusive. However many HIV Specialists consider the 4th Generation Testing Method to be conclusive at 6 weeks, post-exposure.

I trust I have answered your question, if you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact us again or refer to our website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org.

Sincerely,

Christina
AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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