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NEW POST GETS ME ANGRY-Here's the CDC's guidelines
      05/23/00 09:48 PM

Geez,
After all the information out there about testing, accuracy, sensitivity, window periods, seroconversion, we have
a butthead posting that he has to test at 2 and 3 years. Can you believe this insanity? These people want to
be infected! I swear! I just cannot believe it. All those people arguing about PRC's and the Euopean's window period and seroconversion, then we get some asswipe posting "I gotta test again in 3 years." GEEz it pisses me off. To those reading the post here are the CDC official guidelines on the HIV anti-body test.
How long after a possible exposure should I wait to get
tested for HIV?

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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