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HIV Testing & Pregnancy
Dec 18, 2000

I had possible exposure (unknown status) around 12 weeks into pregnancy. I contracted Chlamydia from this encounter, and therefore was tested for other STD's, including HIV. Approximately 4 months post-exposure, I tested negative for HIV. I know all about the 3 or 6 month debate, I'm just wondering if being pregnant would affect the ability to show antibodies on the test. I have no symptoms and feel fine, I was just curious if being pregnant actually affects your immune system. Thank you in advance for your help.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Pregnancy should not affect detection of HIV antibodies.

MH



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