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window period for sickly
Jan 28, 2002

is to 2months after a possible exposure a good time to test for hiv? i got gonorhea 1 week after that exposure. what are the factors that are involve in the waiting period. is it the persons ability to fight off infection? if a person who is sickly is he more likely to show positive earlier than a "stronger" person?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

Two months after exposure is a good time to be tested for HIV. The factor involved in waiting is that it takes the body weeks to make the protain "antibody") to HIV that is the basis of the test. If you test too soon, then it may just mean the body hasn't had enough time to respond, not that you're not infected with HIV. Getting gonorrhea or any other STD or being sick from something else will not affect whether the HIV test becomes positive or not, or how quickly it becomes positive.

Getting an STD is clear evidence of doing a dumb thing AND being unlucky. Don't be dumb enough to put yourself at risk again.


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