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Is The Test Sensitive Enough To Detect HIV Antibodies?

03/26/2003

Question:

Hello. Thank you for answering my question. Just a follow-up quetion though. I have been tested for STDs 2 weeks after my initial contact and the result turned out to be negative then I had an HIV Test taken 13 weeks and 5 days after the contact and I had also a negative or non-reactive result. The test kit used was Immunocomb II. My question is: is it sensitive enough to detect HIV antibodies after 3 months?

Answer:

Yes it is sensitive enough but you would be wiser to get advice in person from a physician or HIV test counselor. Sometimes information via the phone or the internet is not complete because the doctor does not have the ability to ask all the right questions to determine your level of risk. Standard testing post-exposure is recommended at the time of exposure, 3 & 6 months. 

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Carl   Fichtenbaum, MD Carl Fichtenbaum, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati