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Seroconversion
Aug 11, 2011

Is it possible to have a seroconversion exactly one month after infection? given that the common discription indicates that once the virus enters the body it can take up to six months to detect

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello.

Yes, seroconversion at one month is not only possible; it's quite common. The vast majority of HIVers will have detectable levels of anti-HIV antibodies in their blood (and therefore test HIV positive) within four to six weeks from the date of exposure.

The three-month or six-month window period recommendation was established to catch those HIVers whose immune systems may be slow in producing the anti-HIV antibodies that the HIV-screening tests assay for. You can read much more about HIV-diagnostic tests and the natural history of HIV infection on this site and in the archives of the Prevention and Safer Sex forum.

Dr. Bob


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