|pregnancy and testing
Feb 2, 2002
If someone who has just had a baby exposes themself to hiv, would the antibodies take longer than the 6 mos. window period to form because of having a weaker immune system from just going through a pregnancy? Would testing at 6 mos after having a baby and 6 mos after the exposure be as accurate? thank you so much
Response from Dr. Aberg
Having a baby should not change your immune response to HIV afterwards. Pregnancy has been associated with false positive ELISA's for HIV which is a screening test but not the confirmatory test. After pregnancy, your ability to make antibodies is not changed so it will not prolong the "window"
Dr.Aberg, it is unlawful to knownly pass HIV to another person in UK
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