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      #4147 - 05/20/00 02:01 AM

Here's what the nation's leading authority on HIV testing has to say about the HIV anti-body test and the time it takes to detect infection
Oh, let us not bastardize this information to sooth our worries.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) says:
The tests commonly used to detect HIV infection actually look for antibodies produced by your
body to fight HIV. Most people will develop detectable antibodies within 3 months after
infection, the average being 25 days. In rare cases, it can take up to 6 months. For this reason,
the CDC currently recommends testing 6 months after the last possible exposure (unprotected
vaginal, anal, or oral sex or sharing needles). It would be extremely rare to take longer than 6
months to develop detectable antibodies. It is important, during the 6 months between exposure
and the test, to protect yourself and others from further possible exposures to HIV.

The CDC National AIDS Hotline can provide more information and referrals to testing sites in
your area. The Hotline numbers are 1-800-342-2437 (English), 1-800-344-7432 (Spanish), or
1-800-243-7889 (TTY).

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      #4155 - 05/20/00 05:02 AM

I wonder what will Canadians, British, Spanish and French people would have to say about that. I mean, why would Canadians, that is a G-7 group would tell their people that 3 months is enough and accurate. Could it be that they want their citizens to be infected?
Could it be that true that the US is the world leading in this stuff. What would the French people would say about that? Are not great medical universities in France? and in all Europe?. Why would the experts in France, from the Pasteur Institute where they make many Elisa tests kits and the country where the man that first investigate about AIDS (Luc Montagnier) would say 3 months. Are they that ignorant or they want to have infected people spreading the disease. Why the Department of Health of France says 3 months is enough and accurate. France is also G-7. Dont you think all those countries most know what they are saying or could it be true that USA CDC spealists only know the real facts and that the disease will rise in all Europe and in Canada, for instance, by telling people 3 months is enough?
An to be local, why would the State of New York, where is a high number of infected people would say 3 months is enough, could it be its just they want to have more people infected.
So could this mean that in New York City, in Canada, in the UK, in Spain, in SouthAmerica and in France they are all making a huge mistake by not following the steps of the CDC, and that people will show positive and grow the infections? Or what could it be. I bet they know what the CDC are saying. So why they say 3 months? So, all the doctors, specialist, scientist and other medical studies in Europe are crap? Or what could it be? Hmmm.

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      #4160 - 05/20/00 03:07 PM

I have to agree with Dude. The bottom line is that there are going to be cases of people who are negative a 3 months who become positive by 6 months. This is "rare." It doesn't mean that it doesn't happen.

I think we are both coming at the same point from different ways: Feel very very very good if you are negative at 3 months. But realize that there is one of those chances--one of them so slight that you shouldn't worry--that you might really be a false negative.

Get retested at 6 months. Or get it at 4, then again at 6 if that makes you feel better.

I can't believe we are faulting the Government for doing everything it can to prevent HIV transmission.

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