Hi all can anybody tell me if the 4th generation test is reliable after 5 weeks 4 days as my health advisor told me that i dont need to have another test done as it is conclusive because the tests are so sensitive that it would have definately picked up on something does anybody know if this is true because i still seem to be having the achy body and sore gums also slight sore throat and it is now 8 weeks past possible exposure. I would really appreciate some other opinions i am not sure if i am causing my own symptoms by stressing but i just cant seem to help it.
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The ELISAs are the most common immunoassays utilized for detection of HIV antibodies and antigen.
ELISA has evolved from the first-generation (using viral lysate, detection of IgG antibody), second-âgeneration (recombinant antigens), third-generation (detection of IgM and IgG antibodies) and âfourth-generation (antibody and antigen detection).
HIV DUO test is a 4th generation ELISA test. The sensitivity of this test is above 99.9, which is very âexcellent in terms of tests for HIV screening.
HIV ELISA tests detect the presence of antibodies to HIV, which usually present within 4 - 12 weeks of âexposure, depending on the severity of exposure (Probable no of virions that might have entered the âblood stream). Hence is is important to do the HIV ELISA tests only after 4 weeks to get a valid result. âBut a repeat test after 12 weeks is advised to avoid any doubts about delayed seroconversion ââ(antibody production).
A HIV ELISA test after 12 weeks of exposure, if negative, is considered to be conclusive proof of a ânegative HIV status.
Thanks for asking i'm doing a bit better thanks couldn't wait another 3 weeks so had another test today just awaiting the results still got symptoms but feeling a bit more positive after the pep talk they gave me at the clinic will get results by Monday i hope.
Just wanted to let you know that my 10 week test came back negative i feel suddenly uplifted although i know there is one more at the 90 day mark so all in all i am happy for now.
Thank you for your support
I will pray for you and have hope. I didnt realise you were in the same situation how many weeks in are you? If its any help at all after having a talk with my health advisor i felt so much better maybe (if you haven't already) you should try talking to someone in that field. I really hope all is well with you.
I think i was replying to you as you were contacting me I know how you feel i don't know your situation but all i can say you must try to pull yourself out of your depressed state (easier said than done i know) but stress is a big killer and can bring on all sorts of symptoms so you dont know what is happening to your body
I have all the symptoms and still have them body aches mouth ulcer rash swollen glands you name it i had it or still have it but if you really think about it when you stress your immune system suppresses the cells you need to fight these ailments so if you are stressed then every symptom we have can be related to that so the best thing is to get tested but in the meantime try to put it to the back of your mind. If you have been tested at 8 weeks and it was negative then it is a very very good indicator that you are not infected What test were they using if it was the 4th generation test then 95% of people will definatley test conclusively at 8 weeks even before so please try to stay and think positvie i know its hard but you are doing yourself no good at all. God Bless You
You really need to calm down i think you are in your last week now just go and get tested it will calm you down either way. Just remember stress is a KILLER please try not to stress too much I am going for my last test on friday so maybe you should book an appointment and get it over with as well. I pray for you and wish you all the best.
Things are good my end i have decided to put this episode behind me just move on with my life my last test at 12 weeks was negative so that the end of it as far as im concerned i do hope you are much better and your test results were negative i wish you all the best and continue to pray for you.
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