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Use of medications and HIV antibodies
Feb 16, 2001

Do you know if there are any medications that could prevent immune system to produce antibodies or make them undetectable at the test even after window period? I know antibiotics don't influence test but there are surely some others that do. Also when talking about time frame to produce antibodies most sources say that on average it takes about 4 weeks. And most people seroconvert by 3 months. So 4 weeks average means that a lot of people must seroconvert before 4 weeks. Could you give some statistics on it --> how many of people develop antibodies at 3 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, etc. This would shed a light on how the average was calculated?

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I am not aware of any medications, besides the current anti-HIV medications, that would inhibit the production of antibodies to HIV.

It is very difficult to answer the second part of your question accurately. Your question assumes that the four week period is derived from a single study, which it is not. Information about the window period is gathered from bodies of research and clinical expertise. The important fact to remember is that most sources recommend testing at least three months after exposure.

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