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04 Jul 2005

PLEASE ANSWER: TESTS
Hi Doctor,

I've read on your forum and have spoken to a virologist about the window periods for the HIV 3rd and 4th generation Elisa tests and I was told that the window period is now 6 weeks provided that there was no exposure in that period and that a negative HIV elisa test after 6 weeks is conclusive. My question is; why then are there so much literature that mention window periods of being between 3 and 6 months?

Many thanks.
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01 Jan 0001

I cannot comment on the literature that you mention as you do not mention the source, but the window period is 3 -6 weeks as you already know.
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