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30 month seroconversion??
      #24422 - 11/09/01 06:26 PM

Since you're debating the window period, and "seroReversion", what do you think of this?

http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/ViralLoad/Archive/Treatment/Q8096.qna

Apparently this person was sick and suspected HIV, so they took a number of antibody and viral load tests, and they all continued to be negative for 30 months and then they finally turned up positive!!!!!

Read their symptoms and it sounds like maybe they went right into AIDS, but in fact their viral load was undetectable, and they have very high CD4 count!!!

Your theories and explanations please?



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Re: 30 month seroconversion?? new
      #24424 - 11/09/01 07:09 PM

It seems that if they were taking viral load test then they had to be exposed between tests or at least very close to the 2nd to last test.
While we are on the subject, there seems to be an awful lot of the "KIM" story that wasn't included in the excerpts such as what blood test she was taking, there were an awful lot of non fda approved tests around back then nor did it even say how many tests she took between 93 and 96 was it one back in 93? was it every year ? maybe she was tested during her ars and then didn't test again until 96? here is a woman who was critically sick, in her own words thrush,fevers, night sweats, even vomiting for 3 years! until finally being diagnosed with aids, so maybe she did serorevert prior to testing, maybe she never tested people can say anything, she also said she was with this guy on and off for 15 years. was she still with him during her testing?
Truthfully it doesn't matter, that is just one case and maybe there is more but when it comes down to it, we have a lot more knowledge about hiv/aids then we did back then.
We have a lot better testing then we did back then with better guidelines and the odds are still in your favor that you were not with someone that was poz and if you were there are still some pretty good odds that you will be ok.

With that said there is an awful lot of good in Kim's story that seems to have been lost in the shuffle here is a woman that through all her trials and tribulations kept her spirit and zest for life up, that did not let the fear or stigma keep her from testing, from following through, or from speaking out. A woman that takes responsiblity for what has happened to her, harboured no hate towards the person who infected her, a woman who fought through it started going to the gym, got her t-cells up and even wanted to have a baby and get married. This is a far cry from the dreaded life sentence that we have all put before us with exposures that are at best not really that high.

good luck to all,
MC




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