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Window Period 3mth =12 weeks
      #29082 - 03/01/02 11:37 AM

Is the window period 90 days or 12 weeks ?

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Re: Window Period 3mth =12 weeks new
      #29086 - 03/01/02 12:21 PM

12 weeks is 85 days, which is practically 90 days. If you are that worried, wait the extra 5 days and test then. But, I would think that one would get the same result at 85 days as they would at 90. I would assume that 12 weeks (3 months) is correct.



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Re: Window Period 3mth =12 weeks new
      #29087 - 03/01/02 12:37 PM

Ryan Kull says "A publication recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on HIV counseling and testing explicitly addresses the issue of the window period and testing. To paraphrase, it says that antibody testing should be conducted three months or more after the exposure for a conclusive result. Any testing conducted within three months following exposure is not definitive. If the person was definitely exposed to an HIV positive person AND the provider or client remains concerned, repeat testing can be conducted six months following the exposure."



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Re: Window Period 3mth =12 weeks new
      #29091 - 03/01/02 02:35 PM

I never thought I would question that timing as well. So I did test at 12.5 weeks (88 days), when it came back negative I started to think I should have done it later.

Than I repeated again at 13.5 weeks - 95 days and came back again negative. Doctor said here I don't need to do that as it would be the same - but I could not help it.



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Forgot Important Link new
      #29100 - 03/01/02 04:50 PM

Please have a look this link from:

New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute:

http://www.hivguidelines.org/public_html/CENTER/clinical-education/Q-AND-A/UPDATE.HTM

It will give you some good indication.



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