|Who takes longer than 3 months??
Nov 26, 2012
Hello, I have read post after post on this site and others and am still very confused and anxious about the window period. Some say 3 months is conclusive, others say 6, the CDC says 3, but 3% take longer-up to 6 months. This is ridiculous for those of us who want to know our true status and move forward from a potential exposure (mine was protected vaginal sex, but the condom slipped off during withdrawal and I don't know if semen spilled inside me). The anxiety I am experiencing is unbelievable and I would have never imagined all of the discrepancy that is out there regarding testing. Even on this site, most say 3 months is conclusive, but every once in a while the whole 97% test positive by 3 months, but "some take longer" up until 6 months answer pops up.
So, please help me, who are those people that take longer to develop antibodies? Why do they take longer? I am a healthy female, but do have Grave's Disease and Pernicious Anemia. I also have high risk HPV that didn't clear on it's own initially requiring LEEP. Does that mean my immune system is impaired?Am I one of those that needs to test again at 6 months? I have several negative oral and blood rapid tests out to 16 weeks.
Please help me to understand. Thank you.
| Response from Ms. Southall
Hi The window period can be very confusing. The testing time is initially at 3 weeks then again at 3 months.
The 3 month window period is normal for most of the population. Many people will have detectable antibodies in three or four weeks. Very, very rarely (i.e., only a few cases ever), a person could take six months to produce antibodies. The window period (the time you need to wait to get an accurate test) is generally 3 months. We sometimes recommend testing again at 6 months if the contact was very risky and it involved a person known to be HIV+.
Sensitivity of testing has changed a lot over the years, it used to be testing for a year and then 6 months and now 3 months. There are studies going on now on creating a more sensitive test that can take it to a month.
I hope this helps, Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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