Vietnam veteran with PTSD
Mar 11, 2005
Dr. Bob, My ID doc says ptsd is an immune suppressing condition that could affect antibody production. She wants to test me out to eighteen months. Definite exposure, PGL for twelve months, other symptoms. Negative Abott Eia 1/2 (3A77) at three and six months. Negative OraQuick rapid 1 at twelve months. Your opinion on ptsd affect please since you're an immunoligist. My wbc <5000 and total lymphocyte 20% for last thirty years. Thank you for your help. vet
Response from Dr. Frascino
No, in my experience PTSD will not affect the body's ability to make anti-HIV antibodies, the duration of the window period or HIV test results.
Perhaps your doctor may have other reasons to recommend testing beyond the usual window period.
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