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Co-infection Exposure and Exactly 12 months negative! *Modification
Apr 23, 2011

hi Dr.M

i have a high risk (unprotected anal) exposure for both hiv and hepatitis. and after exactly 12 months ( from 10th Dec 2009 to 10th Dec 2010 ) i tested HIV antibody and it came negative. i read your answers and it was "repeat testing for HIV infection should occur at 12 months to rule out late seroconversion". but i am confused . is EXACTLY 12 months after my exposure is enough to test for HIV ? or in other words : the "12 months" are the MAXIMUM or Minimum period for HIV TEST after co-infection risk ? . thank you in advance .

P.S : i`m sorry to resend the question, i just wanted to modify some sentences to make them clear .

Response from Dr. McGovern

You were finished with testing once the six month point passed.

The only reason to check for HIV antibody at later time points is IF you were also diagnosed with HCV infection during the first six months.

Since that didn't happen, you actually didn't need any further testing after the six month time point.

This is a point that most people get stuck on. You should not get testing out to 12 months based only on the POSSIBILITY of being exposed to both viruses.

I hope this is helpful.



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