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Does being a Diabetic affect HIV test results?
Sep 29, 2000

First let me say that you are doing a great service. I developed symptoms (rash -- lasted more than a month, dry cough, loss of appetite, fever of only 99.1) 8 weeks after having unprotected vaginal sex. I have read Mr. Sowadsky's summary of Acute Viral Syndrome http://www.thebody.com/sowadsky/message.html, but does being a diabetic extend that window? I'm a newly diagnosed diabetic (found out when I tested negative for HIV at 18 weeks -- also tested at 25 weeks also negative), so I'm still a little uneducated about being a diabetic. I've been told though that diabetics take longer to heal because the body slows down the healing process. Could the symptoms take longer to appear and take longer to subside in a person who has diabetes? Does being a diabetic affect the accuracy of the tests? Should I be retested? I've read that 25 weeks is close enough to 6 months, but is it close enough for a diabetic? Thank you again for in valuable service.

Response from Mr. Kull

I am not aware of any problems that diabetes presents for HIV antibody testing. You can trust your two antibody test results.

RMK



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