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Posted by: ACS | 2004/10/19

HIV TESTS

Hi Doc,

Please can you tell me what the window periods are for the HIV PCR QUALITATIVE and HIV ELISA (fourth generation) tests.

Many thanks.

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ACS, a PCR becomes sensitive after 5 days and will give a definite answer after 15 days. A 4th generation ELISA test will become sensitive after 3-4 weeks and will give a definite answer after 3-6 months. Good luck.

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