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Effect of Acute Hep C infection on HIV testing period

Apr 18, 2012

Hello, If coinfection of HIV/HEP C can lengthen the testing window period, then wouldnt it be wise to suggest that people get tested for both viruses 3 months after a possible exposure? In instances of exposure where one does not know the HIV status of the other party, one is advised to err on the side of caution and get tested. Wouldn't the same go for an unknown Hep status? In which case a test 3 months after exposure might not be accurate, right?

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi For HIV the standards for testing currently are to receive the initial test and then after 3 months have another. 97% of the population will test negative or positive at this point, you can go out to 6 months which is then 100%. For Hepatitis C the window period is about the same 3-6 months.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon

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