|Does being thalasemic (thalasemia minor) slow seroconversion?
Mar 11, 2003
3 months after exposure to hiv the ELISA test showed negative. I have thalasemia minor. Will thalasemia slow down the seroconversion process? Could I really have HIV and just show negative after 3 months? At about 4 months I have swollen lymph nodes all over and had chills but no fever for two days. I am worried that these could be symptoms of HIV infection and my body did not develop antibodies at the 3 month window period. I am usually very healthy and haven't been sick since 1991 when I had mono. I am living in terror and wondering if my swollen lymph nodes are just some kind of hyper immune reaction. Please help! I am going to be re-tested at 6 months, but don't know how I can make it until then in my present state of panic and terror.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
No, thalassemia minor (or major, for that matter) will not affect an HIV seroconversion process or your HIV test results. If your 3-month test was negative, you're negative. Yell, "WOO-HOO!" Congratulations. Have your doctor check you out, if you're still having problems. Whatever the cause, it certainly is not HIV.
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