|confused about window period with hiv 2?
Feb 2, 2004
In general, is there a difference in seroconversion times for hiv 1 and 2? for hiv 2 testing, is it necessary to wait longer than 3 months?
Below is a post from on recent post that confuses me
"My life was hell since then - the doctors in the US tested me for every form of HIV-1...after all, the woman was Caucasian European and there was no obvious African connection. One HIV-2 Elisa test was negative after the window period, but either HIV-2 antibody creation can take longer (Maybe because HIV-2 is a bit less virulent than HIV-1?) or my metabolism was slow. So, after dozens of other tests and Cat Scans etc., the doctors said that maybe this could be anxiety driven!"
So what is your outake on this?
| Response from Dr. Pierone
HIV-2 is less virulent than HIV-1. It is also extremely rare in the United States, but increasing in prevalence (still rare though) in Europe. I could find no evidence that the window period is longer than for HIV-1.
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