Mar 14, 2002
IS THERE A WINDOW PERIOD WITH HEPATITIS AND SYPHILS,
Response from Dr. Feinberg
There is a window period for all STDs and other infections that are diagnosed by an antibody test. This is because it takes your body several weeks to respond to a new germ by making a protein (antibody) that recognizes that germ. So there is a period of time-- usually 2-3 weeks-- where you may be infected but the diagnostic antibody test is negative.
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