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Seroconversion and Testing?
Oct 3, 2006

Hi i had arisky exposure oral sex with blood in mouth,i was at the receiving end.

SEPTEMBER 11: LOW GRADE FEVER 37.5 DEGREES CELCIUS,SMALL DARK COLOURED MARKS ON SKIN SEPTEMBER 12: HIV ANITIBODY TEST TAKEN. SEPTEMBER14: SWOLLEN LYMPH NODE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF NECK.

My question is if i was seroconverting on monday and took a test on tuesday would it have showed positive?This happened 5 weeks 2 days after the encounter.Also does your body start producing antibodies before during or after the flu like illness.Do you think i need to retest?Thank you

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

1. If you were "seroconverting on Monday," would you test HIV positive on Tuesday? No, not necessarily. Seroconversion is a process. It takes some time for anti-HIV antibodies to develop to the point they become detectable on our HIV screening tests.

2. This is somewhat variable, but in general anti-HIV antibodies are produced around the time acute retroviral symptoms begin to appear.

3. Yes. HIV-antibody tests taken prior to three months are not considered definitive.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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