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What is HIV antibody test accuracy?

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Dr. Kathleen Mullane
31 years experience in Internal Medicine
Accuracy of ELISA: The elisa test is 99+% accurate (sensitive and specific) in individuals who have had the infection long enough for the assay to pick it up. For the 3rd generation tests used today, it can reliably detect individuals infected w/hiv at approximately 15 days. The 4th generation wh/tests for HIV antigen and antibody may show results even sooner. Always have testing done at a reliable certified lab.
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