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2nd gen tests reliable?

I have a question is biosure (2nd gen) tests reliable for longstanding hiv infection? I am talking some 6 or 7 years since possible exposure. I am reading lots of reports saying antibody only detection variable over period of time. These can drop to low levels or undetectable over period of time? These tests not so reliable. Very worried.

Also, my exposure was with someone who lived and worked in Africa for period of time. Now heard of hiv2. Does your test pick up this? Please, very concerned.

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Becky, BioSure UK Ltd
 Work on 13th July 2020

Hi Nervous, When a person is infected with HIV, the immune system quickly begins to produce antibodies in response to the virus. Everyone produces antibodies at different rates. The test does not detect the virus itself but the presence of antibodies in the blood, hence the window period. Although there is still no cure for HIV, antiretrovirals can suppress the virus. This is not to say that the virus disappears - the virus cells lay dormant. If a person was to test 6/7 years post any possible exposure, the virus would still be detectable. Our test detects antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2. I hope this information helps, if you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them below. Kindest regards, Becky

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