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Mar 15, 2002

Dear Dr. Feinberg, I read that when a person infected with HIV starts to seroconvert they develop flu-like symptoms shortly after being infected. If you get tested during this period where you experience flu-like symptoms would the test results most likely be able to detect the HIV antibodies? Meaning would this be a good time to get tested? Thanks for your help!!!

Response from Dr. Feinberg

It usually takes 2-3 weeks after exposure to have a positive HIV antibody test, and symptoms of acute seroconversion can appear earlier that that (usually at 10-21 days). While there is clearly some overlap, it is best to get tested 3-4 weeks after exposre rather than right away, when you are likely to be in the "window" period.

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