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current guideline on window period
Apr 29, 2011

hi,Dr. Bob you are a great guy and doing great job for entire world directly or indirectly.my question is what is current guideline suggest maximum period of window period for hiv testing irrespective of exposure i.e. low risk exposure or high risk exposure. what is maximum window period doccumented or found since discovery of hiv virus?in nut & Shell what is the maximum window period for hiv which is accepted globally

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

The "maximum window period" in the current guidelines would be six months. Testing out to six months is currently recommended for occupational exposures in health care workers, for significant non-occupational exposures (for example unprotected anal receptive sex with a partner confirmed to be HIV infected) and for other specific indications. You can read much more about HIV diagnostic testing in the archives of this forum. Have a look!

Dr. Bob



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