Mar 15, 2001
Thank you for the quick response to my neuropathy question. I would like to ask this; you mention that neuropathy is usually a response to a higher viral load. Now if you you start to experience neuropathy approx: 31/2 month after exact exposure shouldn't any "healthy" person produce enough antibodies by the latest, 8th or 12th week test? due to the higher viral load. Simply because of a faster recognition/response by the immune system. One last question which may help some people is: How many people have you seen take tests up to 3 months with an negative outcome, then test after 3 months (between 3 and 6) only to have a positve test. This relates to the antibody tests. Hopefully you can answer this last question based on your personal experience. Thank You
| Response from Dr. Bartlett
It is unusual for persons to seroconvert between 3 and 6 months, and personally I have never seen it happen. However, it remains a recommendation to have follow-up HIV testing through 6 months and I suggest utilizing this conservative advice.
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