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Dr. Patch
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Asians: let's clear this up.
      #133642 - 01/27/05 06:54 PM

I have seen one or two people asking if the seroconversion time is different for Asians. I think the confusion might be due to some Asian countries' ultra-conservative "window periods." Whether they still use less sensitive tests, or just haven't updated their info, I'm not sure. This doesn't mean that Asians seroconvert more slowly!!!!! B cells are B cells, no matter what color you are.

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Re: Asians: let's clear this up. new
      #133643 - 01/27/05 07:00 PM

Amen to that! B cells are B cells and T cells are T cells and T helper cells are T helper cells!!! HIV 1/2 and all of their subtypes are ipso facto color blind.

Sincerely,

Tesla

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Re: Asians: let's clear this up. new
      #133686 - 01/28/05 02:44 AM

Dr Patch, I am a guy from Singapore and the rapid or elisa equipment that we use are also used in UK,Australia and Netherlands. Eg. abbott axsym, imx, prism etc. But the government hasn't changed the guidelines. during 1998 when US are using 6 months, singapore is using 1 year window.

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Re: Asians: let's clear this up. new
      #133690 - 01/28/05 07:36 AM

Dr. Patch, can you read my "AM I SCREWED, IS THERE A DR. IN THE HOUSE" Post that I just put up? THANK YOU I AM FREAKED OUT!

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Re: Asians: let's clear this up. new
      #133705 - 01/28/05 10:50 AM

I am from Singapore too. Yesterday I went to Action For Aids for my HIV test...tested -ve at 9.5wks. Will test again in a few wks time. I asked them why do they still recommend 6 mths...ans from them...6 mths is just a precaution..they do agree that its very very rare to be +ve after 6 mths if u r -ve at 3mths...so for low risk cases..they would recommend 3mths is sufficient.

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Re: Asians: let's clear this up. new
      #133710 - 01/28/05 10:58 AM

Thanks dude..I think the singapore government are just KS..so many countries are using 12 weeks for low,high or whatever risk and they are comfortable with 3 months as well.

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Re: Asians: let's clear this up. new
      #133712 - 01/28/05 11:01 AM

"they do agree that its very very rare to be +ve after 6 mths if u r -ve at 3mths"

I don't think they ever seen a case that seroconvert after 3 months..even top specialists from uk or australia have not seen that before..

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Re: Asians: let's clear this up. new
      #133750 - 01/28/05 08:59 PM

spoken to a AFA fellow before..

1) he told me that 3 months is okie for those that use condoms (the real fact is that those that use condoms do not need to test at all)..
2) and also told me that asians produce antibodies slower than others because their immune is weaker and those studies done at NYC doesn't apply because the window period is define based on americans immune (sounds scary because immune already weaker even before getting infected, if really got infected definately die immediately).

3) also told me that the local CDC at tan tock seng hospital sometimes ask people to test out to 1 year. (this is even longer than the oldest guidelines.

seems like the advice from AFA isn't that great and their knowledge seems to be limited.

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