|Sensitivity of Testing in '89
Jan 21, 1999
Dr. Holodniy: In 1988 I had a possible exposure to HIV. After several weeks I experienced symptons associated with ARS..swollen glands, rash, headache, sore throat, and white spots on my tonsils. I was taking antibiotics for almost 6 weeks until the sore throat and white spots disappeared. Due to my concern about HIV, I had an Elisa test done at 5 months and again at 9 months. Both tests were negative. Could extreme stress and fear of possible HIV exposure during those 9 months, or the extended antibiotic consumption have delayed detection of antibodies beyond a 9 month period, (taking into consideration the sensitivity level of the tests used in 1989?) Thank you for your time.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Neither stress or antibiotics would affect an HIV antibody test. Even back then 9 months post exposure would have been sufficient to detect antibodies. Many people were recommending testing out to 12 months in those days. You did not say, but I take it your health is fine now and have not retested? MH
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