Ask an expert

03 Apr 2006

Window Periods
Hi Doctor,

I've read on your forum that the HIV window period for the HIV Elisa test is 3 months, but in the Pathologists forum, six weeks is mentioned as the final test. Why are there so many conflicting window periods?

Answer 295 views

01 Jan 0001

Dear confused
It depends on the kind of test the lab does and what method they use. The best is to get the exact windowperiod time from the lab you use.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
32% - 9463 votes
68% - 20183 votes