Feb 6, 2002
Dr. Henry: What conditions would promt you to test for HIV beyound the 6 month window? Would generalized swollen nodes be a factor? Thanks, Sean
Response from Dr. Henry
Swollen lymph nodes are non-specific for HIV. If there was a high risk exposure and the antibody test was negative at 6 months it is incredibly unusual for the person to actually be infected from that exposure 6 months previous. For the anxious patient I often would get an HIV plasma RNA level-if that is negative then the chances for infection are essentially ZERO. KH
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