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Window period
      #934 - 03/31/00 03:04 AM

One aspect of the hiv conversation which can be so confusing is
the length of the "window period", or the amount of time it may
take for someone to test positive for antibodies to hiv. Five
months and almost two weeks after a possible exposure, I have
tested negative with the ELISSA. This follows a negative
PCR(-qualitative) test at two weeks and another PCR at 4 weeks
after the same possible exposure. The information I have received
from at least one doctor is that I'm fine and I should forget
about this and move on with my life. However, I have heard
conflicting information about this window period and am entering
into a relationship and dont want to put anyone else at risk.
Does anyone have any information about this topic or, more
specifically, any opinions about how one would feel after my test
results? Thank you so much in advance...

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Re: Window period new
      #936 - 03/31/00 03:05 AM

I am not a Dr. but I can tell you this. You should normally wai a
FULL six months after your last pssible exposure before
considering yourself neg. I would encourage you to wait a little
longer if at all possible, lets say another 3 months. This is why
I feal this way, due to the fact my husband took longer than 6
months to convert . This is highly unusual but none the less we
are still dealing with it. If you are enter a new relationship
why not just make condoms a part of it from the very begining?
After all if this person doesn't already know you then they won't
know this isn't something you have always done anyway . You can
practice putting them on by yourself---whose going to know
---only you...And if you czre about this person wouldn't you want
to do everything you could to keep them safe? The flip side of
the coin is they also probably have a past, so why expose
yourself to anything, not alone H.I.V., there are many differant
types of STD's out there. If the relationship continues to grow
maybe in the future you can be tested together and if all goes
well you could then shed the condoms and feal really good about

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