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From Dr. Feinberg @ TheBody.com
      #31927 - 04/12/02 04:32 PM

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Dear Dr. Feinberg,
I read that when a person infected with HIV starts to seroconvert they develop flu-like symptoms shortly after being infected. If you get tested during this period where you experience flu-like symptoms would the test results most likely be able to detect the HIV antibodies? Meaning would this be a good time to get tested?
Thanks for your help!!!

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It usually takes 2-3 weeks after exposure to have a positive HIV antibody test, and symptoms of acute seroconversion can appear earlier that that (usually at 10-21 days). While there is clearly some overlap, it is best to get tested 3-4 weeks after exposre rather than right away, when you are likely to be in the "window" period.

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This is from Dr. Judith Feinberg who is a CONSERVATIVE Doctor that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of opportunistic infections in HIV positive patients. She (as do all of the experts at TheBody.com) specializes in HIV.



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Re: From Dr. Feinberg @ TheBody.com new
      #31935 - 04/12/02 08:21 PM

so, you still have to retest at 3 months anyways. This doctor also recommeds 6 month window period



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Re: From Dr. Feinberg @ TheBody.com new
      #31937 - 04/12/02 10:31 PM

Liar



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Re: From Dr. Feinberg @ TheBody.com new
      #31942 - 04/12/02 11:28 PM

Your Dr title does not impress!! I'm going out or a drink to the local gay bar.



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Re: From Dr. Feinberg @ TheBody.com new
      #32072 - 04/15/02 04:40 PM

you forgot the "pants on fire"!



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