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Testing after 23 weeks
Feb 23, 2003

David, I have just tested for p24 and antibodies at 23 weeks, both negative, given that CDC guidelines are 6 months or more for a definitive result, am I likely to go from negative to positive in the next 3 weeks?

I have assumed that if I have HIV and no antibodies can be detected at this stage surely P24 must be present, as I understand this arrives prior to the antibodies?

Please give me your opinion.

Thanks

Response from Dr. Wohl

Hi-

See a post today from Texas regarding new testing guideline sthat recommend a final HIV antibody test 3 months after exposure. I'd get tested at 3 months so that there are no lingering concerns to trouble you later on. DW



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