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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.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

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