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Time before someone becomes infectious
Aug 16, 2001

i had a very ricky anonymous encounter,and due to some factors i consider myself at high risk if the person ends up HIV POZ. i talked to the person involed and they say they will go for a test later this week and that they just started in this type of risky behavor 3-4 weeks ago. Do you think if they where recently infected in that time and came up NEG on this first test that there viral load would be too low to cause a major risk? keep in mind i am getting test in 3 months regaurdless. but i'm searching for some peace of mind till then. i'd like to be able to get some sleep i think you can understand. thank you

Response from Mr. Kull

During the weeks following HIV infection leading up to seroconversion, the amount of virus in a person's body can become extremely high. Contact with a person's fluids during this period probably poses a greater risk for infection. The same is true for an HIV infected person in the late stages (AIDS) of HIV disease. A person would be able to transmit HIV within days of infection.

See my response to "Time it takes to become HIV infector" (http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Archive/TransmissionSexual/Q9786.qna).

RMK



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