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Symptom time frame

Dec 26, 2000

Mr. Kull,

Does it make sense to say the window period for testing is 3-6 month and say the symptoms time frame is 2-4 weeks? Surely people convert prior to 3 month just as people may have symptoms 4-5 days following hiv exposure. Some people make it appear as if you CANNOT have symptoms prior to one week following exposure!

Response from Mr. Kull

It is difficult to say that anything is ever impossible. Based on the HIV literature, it seems unlikely that people would experience symptoms related to HIV infection during the first week of infection. The numbers you indicate in your question are based on average times that studies have identified people taking to develop symptoms and/or antibodies. However, there are bound to be exceptions to the rule in medical science.


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