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      #4148 - 05/20/00 02:12 AM

I believe if a respectable portion of HIV infected people were testing positive past the 6 month window period, it would have been common knowledge. . . and I believe the CDC (and other health organizations) would have bumped the window period out further (let's say 12 months). I most certainly believe we are not being mis-lead with the 6 month window period as a very conservative time period for testing. Health professionals (including the CDC) are trying to prevent the spread of HIV infection. There is no incentive to mis-inform the population about the window period. If detection of infection took longer than six months, the window period would be adjusted accordingly. Further, I believe the six month window is a conservative time frame, whereas 3 months is probably all it takes to detect infection. I also will agree there are and have been some exceptions. However, they are rare. Finally, let us not fret over the window period, detection of infection is found >99.99% of the
time by six months after infection. Period.

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