|Comments - Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Jun 15, 2007
I am pasting something from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website which could be of alot of interest for WWs (http://www.aac.org/site/PageServer?pagename=basics_home)
Window Period: When having a HIV antibody test, there must be at least six weeks time between the time a person was last at risk for contracting HIV and the time that he/she gets a test done. Some people call this the "window period". The HIV test is looking for antibodies, which are the bodys response to having HIV in it. For most people, it takes six weeks for the body to produce enough antibodies for a standard HIV antibody test to be accurate. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recommends waiting 6 weeks between an individual's possible HIV exposure and the time they get tested, providing there are no risks within that time period.
Why do some sources advise waiting longer than 6 weeks for HIV testing? Most people will test accurately for HIV after 6 weeks have passed since their last risk. In very rare cases where a person has a highly compromised immune system, such as those in which a person has recently undergone chemotherapy or an organ transplant, it may take 3-6 months for their body to develop enough antibodies to test positive. These are very extreme situations, however, and other more common conditions such as colds or the flu, diabetes, asthma, and many others, will not affect the body's development of HIV antibodies in that way. Those who suggest window periods longer than 6 weeks are trying to account for all those who may also have compromised immune systems.
Ps: Infact a lot of people like Dr. Brian Conway, thebody.com, Dr. HHH (Medhelp) strongly agree with the 6 week window
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