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Other virus coinfection (not hcv) looked in archive can't find the answer...need to woo hoo..

Nov 19, 2009

Dear Doc Rob

Could being coinfected with another virus (besides hcv, which thanks to the archive I know the answer) cause delayed seroconversion. I was diagnosed with mono(ebv), and I believe I got it from an exposure that I am worried about contracting hiv from. I was diagnosed with mono 4 weeks after exposure and tested 3 months after exposure negative for hiv. Is that good enough. Why can HCV cause delayed seroconversion if coinfected and not other viruses. I really want to woo hoo but I feel like I can't. I will be donating to your foundation for the great things it does in the field



Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi Charles,

As far as we know, other viruses do not affect the body's ability to produce specific anti-HIV antibodies or affect the duration of the window period. Different viruses behave differently, because they are indeed quite different creatures. Some viruses can cause cancer while others only cause a runny nose.

Thanks for your donation to The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation ( It's warmly appreciated. I would consider your negative three -month HIV-antibody test to be definitive, conclusive or WOO-HOO-able.

Be well.

Dr. Bob

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