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antibodies after seroconversion illness
      #181910 - 03/23/06 01:54 PM

Dear everyone,

It appears there are a lot of people on this forum who had a low risk exposure, but are only anxious for a HIV infection because they had a flu-like experience with fever. Actually, i'm one of them. I wondered about the following thing:

In most HIV literature you read that the seroconverting illness happens somewhere between 2 and 6 weeks after infection. Is it correct to assume that for the ones who experinece the illness after 2 weeks already, a negative antibody test will be sufficient already after two months (3 months minus 4 weeks.) Because the seroconverting process started 4 weeks earlier than the ones who experienced the illness at week 6; you understand?

If this is thru, then i can be confident with my negative hiv rapid antibody test (brand: Abott Determine) taken 6,5 weeks after begin of symptoms (flu-like with fever for a short week.) How likely is it to test negative 6,5 weeks after begin symtoms, while in reality you are infected? I would really really appreciate you input!

I wish everybody strength and peace who are in worry about possible infection.

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Re: antibodies after seroconversion illness new
      #181926 - 03/23/06 02:39 PM

How could you have had HIV seroconversion symptoms, ie: illness and then test negative? You simply did not have seroconversion symptoms.

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Re: antibodies after seroconversion illness new
      #182017 - 03/23/06 10:18 PM

Bingo, right on the spot there.

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Re: antibodies after seroconversion illness new
      #182060 - 03/24/06 09:38 AM

hi

regards from india

Yep, you are right.Just an addition, a 6.5 week test is not considered definitive, a 12 week test is considered definitive. Ergo testing at 12 weeks is warrented, however you need not worry, i would be surprised if you get different results.


Goodluck

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Stay Well

Love Ravi

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