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Is The Window Period Just A Guide

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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 in RARE ocassions, does it take up to 3... Read more »

Drs window period

Posted by dontbelieveit, 4 Replies
Every time I go to the doctor I get a different window period. The first time I went the doctor said 10 years. Now I go today and a different doctor said 3 months 6 months and a year. I don't get it. Who's telling the truth? And if the doctors don't... Read more »

WIndow period?!

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies

All this talk of whether the window period is 6 or 12 weeks is confusing me lol. As I understand it, 95-99% of infected individuals will test positive by 6 weeks - so it is recommended to get tested at 3 months to confirm that you are not in... Read more »

Massachusetts Window Period question

Posted by SteveR, 2 Replies
Hi all,

Several people have mentioned that the window period in Massachusetts is 6 weeks. But when I look at the Massachusetts Department of Health Web site, this is what it says: "The antibody can be detected in most people within six weeks to six... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hi to everybody, I am the one who posted NY 1 month windosw . Check the following link for Massachussetts Health Department window period. They are saying only 6 weeks. 6 weeks is conclusive. All your valuable comments are welcome. thank... Read more »
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3 month Window Period or Six Month Window Period (WINDOW PERIOD, 6 WEEKS v 3MONTHS v 6 MONTHS)

Dr. Bob,Thank you for not only responding to me but for responding to all of us with concerns. Your responses have reassured me, but what causes me concern is the differing opinions on the window period. I've read, have been told that a test...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I've discussed this topic numerous times in this forum. I'll repost below a small sample of what can be found in the archives. I do realize it's a confusing issue.Dr. Bobwhat is the winow period 3 or 6 months? Can Whooo after 3?... Read more »

Dazed and Confused (WINDOW PERIOD 2008)

Ok, ok. I know the whole 'window period' is a question that never dies but why do SOOO many people and doctors disagree on this topic? I've read some posts from the archives that state certain dr.'s want their patients to test...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,The window period can indeed be a cause for confusion. Some recommendations and guidelines have changed as we've learned more about the natural history of HIV infection and seen improvements in our testing assays. Consequently, I can... Read more »

300 pound nightmare (WINDOW PERIOD 2008)

I know you have answerd this question at least 10,000 times I know I have read through them over the last 4 or 5 weeks lol but for some reson just as many of the worried well that wrote them I also think I am the one, hell as fare as I'am...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You are correct in your anticipation of what my advice is going to be:1.Your HIV-acquisition risk is extremely low.2.HIV-antibody tests taken prior to three months are not considered to be definitive or conclusive. Your negative test out to... Read more »

Slightly Different PEP Window Period Question (Will Donate!) (PEP AND THE HIV SEROCONVERSION WINDOW PERIOD, 2011)

Dear Dr. Bob, kudos to you and the great service you provide. Being in the midst of a labyrinthine and hellish psychological trap, here's hoping you can shed some light on a question regarding PEP and window periods. The recommendation for...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi.Concerns about PEP extending the HIV seroconversion window are blown way out of proportion. There is no sound scientific evidence that I am aware of that proves (or even suggests) that PEP actually increases the HIV seroconversion window! The... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

New PHAC Testing Guide Includes Recommendations to Promote Routine HIV Testing

The importance of HIV testing, knowledge of HIV status and early diagnosis of HIV infection cannot be overstated, particularly given recent advancements in our understanding of HIV treatment and prevention. People who are aware of their... Read more »
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A Clinical Guide to Supportive and Palliative Care for HIV/AIDS

Introduction Patients receiving palliative care for HIV disease have the potential for numerous drug interactions, given the complex drug regimens used to treat both early as well as advancing HIV disease. It is estimated that at any point, up to... Read more »
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Testosterone: A Man's Guide: Practical Tips for Boosting Physical, Mental and Sexual Vitality by Nelson Vergel

This is the second edition of a book by the U.S. activist Nelson Vergel. It is a users guide to testosterone by an HIV positive man who has researched the subject over many years for his own care. The non-technical sections include helpful tips... Read more »
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Antiretroviral Drug Regimen Guide Published; Global Fund Approves Additional Funding for Existing Grants

"Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in Adults: A Guide for Trainers ": The Horizons Program at the Population Council , the International Center for Reproductive Health and the Coast Province General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya, developed this... Read more »