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INFECTIOUS DISEASE: FIV: FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS TESTING

The routine screening blood test for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), called an ELISA test, is very sensitive; it rarely misses detecting a cat that is infected with FIV. When a cat tests positive for FIV with the ELISA test we recommend a second, confirmatory blood test called a Western Blot.

The Western Blot test can be done at any time, including immediately after a positive ELISA test. An important consideration with the timing of this test: kittens less than six months old that have been exposed to FIV by their FIV-positive mother might test positive, but they might not remain positive. Their immune systems might effectively prevent persistent infection. When a kitten less than six months old tests positive for FIV we recommend waiting until the kitten is 7 months old or older to retest. 

Yarmouth Veterinary Center

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