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      #31754 - 04/11/02 12:37 PM

I have seen several comments on Autoimmune diseases and immunosupressants? Worried2002 in particular, where did you pull up info on them delayng testing? I have arthrits and have been on immunosuppressant drugs and was told by 3 people whom I consider experts in the field that neither would effect the test. Antibodies are what trigger the immune system to react, they are not the immune system itself. Immunosuppressant drugs work on the immune system itself, not the production of the antibodies. I get more illnesses than most not because I don't produce antibodies, but because the immune system itself is suppressed.

For the most part, the only real correlation I have read on late seroconversion have been related to misinforamtion about possible exposure time frames. In the cases they have been able to study with serodiscordant couples, the vast majority converted within 3 month window.

Bottom line, almost all with convert within three months. The few that don't and are positive still have the disease whether they tested for it within the window period or not. It does not change the fact that people whether HIV+ or not should always use caution and practice safe sex unless in a monogomous relationship where both have been tested negative and remain truly faithful.

Good luck and play safe

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      #31756 - 04/11/02 12:51 PM

I think that this would take to long to explain about the immune systems, In some cases immunosuppresent medications are used for example Autoimmune illness. This suppress the immune systems to hold down the antibody production because of the auto antibodys will attack the body own tissues for insteance kidneys. This is why it is important to lower the amount of antibodys because of the attack in the bodys own tissue. Your illness doesn´t affect the test itself and you would more likely have a false positive test instead. If you are worried ask your doctor about your medication and what the medication are doing in your body and if the medication can affect the test, all medications doesn´t work in this way I explained to you.

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