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Waiting period for sexually transmitted diseases or aids test results?
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Which test?
Rapid HIV screens are usually available in 24 hrs or less.
The HIV antibody screen can be available in 24-48 hrs or less depending on the lab, but the more sophisticated confirmatory western blot may take longer. The PCR for detection of viral nucleic acid may take some time, but a great deal of the delay depends on the laboratoryr expertise and the number of specimens they receive & frequency.

In brief: Which test?
Rapid HIV screens are usually available in 24 hrs or less.
The HIV antibody screen can be available in 24-48 hrs or less depending on the lab, but the more sophisticated confirmatory western blot may take longer. The PCR for detection of viral nucleic acid may take some time, but a great deal of the delay depends on the laboratoryr expertise and the number of specimens they receive & frequency.
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