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Window period
Aug 21, 2006

Dear Bob,

I am from India. wish you could visit us one day. i don't want to add to the many congratulations u receive every day. Your karma is to pacify the worried people even as you remain the one who should be supported. In Hinduism we believe you are already the god's equal, whatever sex or form He or She is. and you are a valuable particle in that mechanism, which maintains the so-called order. You don't need the typical God bless you message. because you have already become Him or Her.

Now a small query why you insist on a 3-month period when other less conservative sites like this say a six-week one is conclusive.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Thanks for your kind comments and enlightened views.

I continue to use the three-month guideline, as it is the most conservative and best supported by epidemiological data and scientific studies. No doubt HIV testing is becoming more sophisticated in detecting anti-HIV antibodies earlier, thereby shortening the window period. However, not everyone has access to the latest generation of antibody tests. Plus, testing techniques are only part of the equation. The other part has to do with an individual's immune response. Some people take longer to develop antibodies than others. Therefore, no matter how sensitive the testing assay may be, the critical factor may be the variability in the immune response from person to person. So for now, I continue to advise a three-month window period to take all these factors into account when posting replies on this site. The consequences of missing an HIV-positive result are too great to be anything other than maximally cautious.

Hope that helps clarify things a bit.

Stay well.

Dr. Bob



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