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      #181404 - 03/21/06 10:53 AM

Why the window period is 6 months for occupational exposures (even those not on PEP) .
Does window period have anything to do with mode of transmission ( sexual/ occupational / IV etc ?)

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      #181411 - 03/21/06 11:55 AM

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For most occassions a 12 week test should suffice for a definitive result.

However in cases where in the person may have an auto-immune disorder or IV drug abuse, these conditions severly damage the immune system, 24 week test maybe warrented. However 24 week test is case specific and the health care provider would be a better judge.

As far as PEP is concerned, PEP is warrented in cases, where significant exposures have occurred. Being honest, there is extreme rare data on the issue"Whether PEP affects the window period", however I doubt PEP will affect the window period of 12 weeks or HIV tests.

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      #181414 - 03/21/06 12:03 PM

PEP very much indeed does affect the testing window period.

The window period changes to 12 weeks AFTER discontinuing PEP. For example a person is on PEP for 4 weeks after an exposure a defenitive test would be 16 weeks after the exposure 4 weeks plus the 12 week window.

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      #181416 - 03/21/06 12:07 PM

hi

regards from india

Thnx man, i didnt know that!

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      #181423 - 03/21/06 12:19 PM

this has been talked about at great lenght on other forums and doctors forums, After the 30 day PEP treatment the window begins. So in total it would be 16 weeks. 4 weeks of PEP then a 12 week window. PEP can slow down the production of Antibodies so the extra 12 weeks after the treatment.

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      #181571 - 03/22/06 03:22 AM

It has been established that PEP does NOT affect seroconversion times.

Ask the experts on the body, if you must. PEP either works or it doesn't. It does not "supress' HIV or simply delay seroconversion. It either kills the virus or it doesn't.

Like regular HIV meds, the only thing PEP would affect is viral load. It has no bearing on an anti-body test. If a positive person on meds went for an antibody test, they would still b positive. However, they may have a low or no viral load. It is the same for someone for whom PEP does not work.

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      #181603 - 03/22/06 09:32 AM

hi

regards from india

i am confused really , honestly, as i said in my earlier response, i also doubt that belief that PEP affects the window period.

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