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Virus amount = Time of Seroconversion???
      #95043 - 04/11/04 10:42 AM

Does the amount of the virus one receives in a risky experience have anything to do with the time at which someone will seroconvert?

In other words . . . if someone receives a large does of the virus, they may seroconvert and test positive by 4-6 weeks . . . . as opposed to if they receive a tiny amount of the virus it will take them up to 13 weeks to test positive???

Is there any truth to this????


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      #95148 - 04/12/04 09:42 AM

No, serconversion takes place around the same time regardless of the other person's viral load.

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      #95153 - 04/12/04 01:50 PM

In that case, what percentage of people will "show" (if they're going to test positive) and at how many weeks?

I know what the CDC says, but I'm just wondering if 13 weeks is conservative.

Thanks.

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      #95154 - 04/12/04 02:35 PM

Yes, 13 weeks is pretty conservative but since the CDC states that is the window period, then that is what should be followed.

95% of people who are going to test positive, do so by week six.

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Re: Virus amount = Time of Seroconversion??? new
      #95187 - 04/12/04 06:35 PM

Are you ABSOLUTELY certain of this percentage, Switch?

I'm REALLY hoping that you are on the money with that figure and week (week 6).
I see that the state of Massachusetts says 6 weeks as well. I also called NYC-GMAC and, although they also encourage 13 week testing, the counselor on the phone told me that same thing about 6 weeks.

Do you know anyone (or of anyone) who tested negative at week 6 then positive at week 13??? Why is the CDC so conservative??


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      #95209 - 04/12/04 11:06 PM

So, you have heard the 6 week percentage from multiple sources but still are having doubts? I'm not sure what else I can tell you that would be helpful. No, I personally do not know anyone who tested negative at 6 weeks and then positive at 13, but that doesn't mean that it can't happen.

Instead of worrying about a 6 week result, why not go for the conclusive 13 week? Yes, the CDC is conservative, they would rather be safe than sorry, but be glad it's only 13 weeks. Back in my worry days, the window period was 6 months. A 3 month negative back then was only a good indicator.

What was the exposure that has you so concerned?

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