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jason22
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definite exposure symptoms but negative how?
      03/12/13 06:21 PM

I have a question that I could not find addressed anywhere online. I know that the window period for HIV testing is stated as being anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months, with many places saying 3 months.

What I do not understand is, what kind of research/evidence is used to determine this? I recently called an HIV/AIDS hotline and they told me that the way of determining this information is by asking someone who has tested positive when their last exposure was, but is this really accurate? Most people who test positive for HIV probably have had numerous possible exposures.

For example, say Joe Schmo has had unprotected sex once a month for the year of 2007 (Jan-Dec). He gets tested at January 2008 and tests negative, he then tests again on March 2008 and tests positive. Under the current information we have, it would be logical to assume that he had acquired the virus somewhere between Nov-December. However, how do we really know this? How do we know that he has got HIV from a April 2007 exposure? --- I don't think we can, right?

In my opinion, the only real way to be sure of window periods would be to inject HIV-negative people and see how long it takes them to turn positive. Obviously this is not only illegal but its just plain wrong. So how do doctors, HIV specialists, scientists..etc. set a "window period"?

I hope I am mistaken about the methods that are used to determine the window period. Does anyone else have any information on the research done on determining window periods? If you do, it would really ease my mind. Thanks

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* definite exposure symptoms but negative how? jason22 03/12/13 06:21 PM
. * Re: definite exposure symptoms but negative how? ashler1977   03/12/13 07:32 PM
. * Re: definite exposure symptoms but negative how? crabmanModerator   03/12/13 07:00 PM
. * Re: definite exposure symptoms but negative how? jason22   03/15/13 07:53 PM
. * Re: definite exposure symptoms but negative how? crabmanModerator   03/15/13 08:32 PM
. * Re: definite exposure symptoms but negative how? jason22   03/15/13 08:55 PM
. * Re: definite exposure symptoms but negative how? crabmanModerator   03/15/13 09:25 PM

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