|Acute Hepatitis post window period/sero conversion
Dec 22, 2010
Hi Barbara, I very much appreciate your service for this entire world to give valuable information on HIV. Through archives, I understood window period for HIV can be extended till 1 year if coinfection of HIV and Hepatitis happens during exposure. But my doubt is, after window period of HIV(ie., 6 months), In another exposure, if a person acute hepatitis C or B or A 1. Is there any possibility, sero conversion to be changed/altered because of this NEW hepatitis acqusition? 2. Whether the person needs to wait for one more year to get comfirm result of HIV negative? 3. In my case, I had an exposure for HIV 2 years before. But, if I acute Hepatitis C or B or A anywhere in the past 3 or 6 months(Since I am getting symtoms of hepatitis now) will it alter/change already completed/finished HIV sero conversion? If I test now, will it give 100% corect result?
Please clarify my doubts and give me some peace of mind.
| Response from Dr. McGovern
The same issue applies. If you are diagnosed with acute HCV infection, you will need further follow-up testing for HIV. However, the symptoms of hepatitis are very nonspecific, so I would not jump to any conclusions without blood testing.
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