Originally Posted by CgWildcat
Good info in this thread. I had a question on the testing, what are the differences between a 3rd and 4th gen test? Because where I go, they used a Unigold rapid test, I believe that is a 3rd gen..? And what is the timeframe accuracy for such a test? They told me that they are most accurate after a month.
Hiya. The difference between them is that a 4th generation test looks for the p24 antigen and antibodys, unlike a 3rd genertaion test that searches for only antibodys. The 4th generation tests are able to detected HIV earlyer than a 3rd generation test due to the p24.
The unigold would only give around 90- 95% ( max ) accuracy at 4 weeks. This test your looking at 6 weeks very earlyist, but only 3 months is conclusive. I would not agree they are most accuarte at 4 weeks at all.
Hope that helps