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Richard
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Once more about Window Period
      #27565 - 01/29/02 02:58 PM

Australia (where I am in) is one of the most advanced countries in relation to HIV. Treatment, research, Sydney based organisation just won US$ 30 million from States in development of vaccine.

There is ongoing study between US/Australia for smart treatment. There are enormous research, studies, experts here.

And currently here nobody is talking about 6 months window period, but 3. I visited not one but two HIV specialist, I spoke on the phone with the expert from Hospital that is known for just treating HIV patient - and they al said that 13 weeks is conclusive! Not one of them mentioned 6 months, and when I asked them about that they said No, Current technology with detect antibody by 13 weeks.

My understanding also is that antibody don't wait 3 or 6 months to be produced. Antibody starts production immediately after the virus attack - it is only not enough to be detected by Elisa. But now with 3rd generation Elisa so sensitive it should be able to detect it much erlear than 6 months.

Richard





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shane
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Re: Once more about Window Period new
      #27568 - 01/29/02 06:45 PM

I tend to agree.

There will always be an anomaly in every aspect of life, but we cannot live our lives
like this.

I got a negative PCR DNA test at 32 days after a low risk exposure to someone with
HIV and I still can't believe it. Fear is a crippling thing and takes years off your life.



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Richard
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Re: Once more about Window Period new
      #27571 - 01/29/02 07:19 PM

Yes Shane,

I had more than that:

I had Elisa negative at 4 and 7 weeks, p24 Antigen negative at 5 weeks, and PCR negative at 7 weeks, and I still can't beleive it either.

I am just waiting for my ten weeks Elisa, in few hours time.

Richard.



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Anonymous
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Re: Once more about Window Period new
      #27575 - 01/29/02 08:50 PM

OK This is what I dont understand. All you worried wells who get multiple test during the 3 month window and still dont believe it, why dont you get a test at 3 months and followup at 6 months? Honestly as much as you guys argue for the 3 month window you know your still going to worry afterwards. Just wait 6 months, save yourself some money and insanity.



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Re: Once more about Window Period new
      #27577 - 01/29/02 10:21 PM

what about the worried wells who test years after with symptoms being neg what are they suppose to do i mean how many test should be enough to when u call it quits



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Shel
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Re: Once more about Window Period (RICHARD) new
      #27580 - 01/29/02 10:49 PM

Home Access, which many people use here, still use the original 1st generation ELISA test. That may be part of the reason. In addition, please read OUR GOVERNMENT post. Think about it, then post! Thanks



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Jackie_Blue
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Re: Once more about Window Period new
      #27590 - 01/30/02 05:33 AM

'what about the worried wells who test years after with symptoms being neg what are they suppose to do i mean how many test should be enough to when u call it quits.'

Just what percentage do you think test postive after years of testing negative? I think the CDC as maybe one case listed as seroconverting after 6 months and that was years ago. A test at 3 months is enough. One at 6 months if you must. If you have repeated negative tests and still have 'symptoms' then it's time to see what else could be causing the 'symptoms'. It isn't because you have HIV.

The most common reason I've seen for continued symptoms is due to the mind.

If someone doesn't believe their test results, then the mind will continue to produce symptoms. If you find you don't believe you are negative despite mounting evidence to the contrary then it's time to see a mental health professional.



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