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HIV High Risk Window Period

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...and declined 95% to 48 in 2004, largely because of the effectiveness of ensuring that pregnant women are encouraged to be tested for HIV and, for those who are infected, to receive treatments that can significantly reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to a newborn. The CDC reports that perinatal transmission rates can be reduced to less than 2% if women are aware that they are infected with HIV and take appropriate treatments to prevent...
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pep broken condom

less than 24 hours ago I was the receptive partner in anal intercourse. the condom broke and partner withdrew. He did not ejaculate but it is highly likely that precum was present, the ER doc has prescribed 150mg/twice daily combovir for 28 days. In...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Taking PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) does not elevate your risk in any way for acquiring HIV in the future. The only risk associated with PEP involves side effects/toxicities of the Read more »

Does Truvada influence the window period of HIV infection?

Hello, On 6/15, I had a high risk exposure with a HIV positive female. I also take Truvada daily for my heptatis B infection daily, and I was wondering if by taking truvada, does it change the 3 months window period?I recently tested negative on 9/1...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...little concrete data on this topic. From what I've been able to uncover, taking daily Truvada should not significantly alter the window period. If you and/or your doctor have ongoing concerns, you could consider getting a PCR test, which does not... Read more »

Med Student Worry Part 2

Dr. Bob,I recently asked you a question regarding blood landing on my lip while rounding on a patient and I want to thank you for your answer. But as my luck would have it, about a week later, while helping a careless surgeon during procedure, I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...depending on the severity of the stick, you may need to be monitored for hep C. Since you seem to be a bit accident-prone and have a high level of worry about acquisition of HIV, I strongly suggest you download and carefully read the Department... Read more »

PEP Window Period

Dr. Bob - My doctor put me on a PEP regimen after a high risk exposure (MSM condon break). He is not certain if I should consider my 3 month window period to start at the time of exposure or at the first day off of PEP? Any ideas?Also, when would...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...guidelines for folks with nonoccupational HIV exposures suggest medical evaluations, including HIV-antibody tests at baseline and periodically for at least six months after exposure (e.g. at four-six weeks, 12 weeks, and six months). In general,... Read more »
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...based organizations. It is a good idea to get tested at a place that provides counseling. Counselors can answer questions about high-risk behavior and suggest ways you can protect yourself and others in the future. People who test HIV positive... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About HIV/AIDS

...(mouth-penis, mouth-vagina): The mouth is an inhospitable environment for HIV (in semen, vaginal fluid or blood), meaning the risk of HIV transmission through the throat, gums, and oral membranes is lower than through vaginal or anal membranes.... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Symptomatic Primary HIV Infection in a 49-Year-Old Man Who Has Sex With Men: Beware the Window Phase

...flu," the authors wrote, so "primary care physicians should be alert for possible primary HIV infection in patients involved in high-risk behavior, especially if they have influenza-like symptoms." They cited a study from Uganda showing that HIV... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

The Stages of HIV Disease

...Asymptomatic Stage After the acute stage of HIV infection, people infected with HIV continue to look and feel completely well for long periods, usually for many years. During this time, the only indication that you are infected with HIV is that... Read more »
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window period everyone

Posted by bovvylee, 2 Replies
...infected with HIV have no antibodies in their blood that can be detected by an HIV test, even though the person may already have high levels of HIV in their blood, sexual fluids, or breast milk. Here is what the CDC says about the window period:... Read more »

Window Period Debate: My Story

Posted by MiamiLat, 5 Replies
...Hello friends! I notice how the window period issue keeps on recurring and I'd like to share my personal story: After a HIGH risk exposure (unprotected insertive anal) with a confirmed POS individual, I tested as follows: NEG @ 6 weeks via... Read more »

Facts II. WIndow Period

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Without having to travel so far away, you can find posts of Dr. Santana (The Body Spanish section) where he refers to the window period in a very similar way to what I said before, In one of his posts he says: test at 3 months, at 6 months, at 9... Read more »

Training Guide for the CDC Window Period

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...I read a previous post regarding the CDC's recommendation regarding the window period. It is clearly written in there training manual that all people infected will have a positive test within 4-6 weeks. Only Read more »