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Author Topic: New HIV Tests catch infection much sooner, during acute phase?  (Read 717 times)

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Offline buginme2

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A couple years ago I remember reading a news release from the clinic I go to saying they were now using a fourth generation test that can detect HIV 20 days earlier than current antibody tests.  link here:

https://www.virginiamason.org/body.cfm?id=158&action=detail&ref=3676

Today I read that the same test has now been approved for use by outreach and provides immediate results.

http://www.hivandhepatitis.com/hiv-aids/hiv-aids-topics/hiv-testing-diagnosis/4246-fda-approves-first-rapid-hiv-test-that-can-detect-acute-infection

This seems like huge news.  This would have helped my situation a lot.  I got tested during the "window" and had a false negative.  I foolishly thinking I had lucked out put it out of my mind and didnt test again for awhile.  I was positive.  I kind of wish this test was available when I tested. 

Offline tednlou2

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Re: New HIV Tests catch infection much sooner, during acute phase?
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2014, 10:51:24 PM »
I know many have issues with the home tests, but I hope this makes it to home testing. 

Offline buginme2

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Re: New HIV Tests catch infection much sooner, during acute phase?
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2014, 12:59:45 AM »
I know many have issues with the home tests, but I hope this makes it to home testing.

I wonder if the fact that this is a blood test and not a oral swab would prevent it from home usage. 

The whole "window" period from the antibody tests are a major disadvantage to HIV testing.  This helps a lot it that area.

 


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