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Conclusive Evidence Regarding PEP and the Window Period for HIV Testing?
Oct 21, 2008

I have read conflicting opinions regarding whether PEP extends the "window period" for HIV antibodies to appear. Is there any conclusive research? It seems reasonable that if PEP slows the replication HIV, it would take the immune system longer to recognize and mount a defense to HIV. thanks

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Actually slowing HIV replication doesn't have anything to do with the immune system's ability to produce anti-HIV antibodies. This is a completely separate process. If you follow the recommended post-PEP HIV testing guidelines, your results will be completely reliable and accurate! It really is just that straightforward!

Dr. Bob



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