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Do i need to worry about all this.
Aug 2, 2004

Dear Doctor. I have HSV1 and HSV 2 and i m not sure if i have shingles. I got tested for HIV 1 and 2 antibody Elisa test recently, which was like seven months after exposure. The result was negative. Do u think the presence of HSV1, HSV2 or shingles would have an effect on the window period of HIV or the antibodies(like would there be a delay in antibody production or by inhibiting the antibodies) in the HIV antibody test. Having an outbreak of HSV1, HSV2 or shingles at the time of testing, will that affect the accuracy of the HIV antibody test result. Do u think i need more testing.

Response from Dr. Luzuriaga

HSV or varicella(the virus that causes shingles and chicken pox) infections should not interefere with the development of an antibody response to HIV-1. If your antibody is negative seven months post-exposure, and you have not had any new exposures, you are not likely infected.


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