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concerning window period and early symtoms
Mar 23, 2001

Hello professor:

I wanna know that are most poeple going have some Acute HIV Infection Symtom during the early seroconversions.

Another question is that New York State Search Assocaition has published an artical(http://www.nysna.org/protected/npalerts/npalert3.htm) said that "Most people infected with HIV will develop enough antibodies to be detected by our current HIV antibody tests four weeks after the exposure"

So if a person who have no Symtons of Acute Infection and who has been tested negative at more than 5 weeks after risky beheavior , it is unlikly the he got infected?

Thank you very much!!

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Most people have symptoms. Some will not. I think 5 weeks is not enough time for antibody testing to rule out infection.



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