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Itchy Red Spots During Window Period

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

... Why Should You Get Tested for HIV? What Are HIV Antibody Tests? ELISA Western Blot (WB) Assay Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) Window Period Interpretation of Test Results Accuracy of Antibody Tests Anonymous HIV Testing Confidential HIV Testing HIV Name-Based Reporting Partner Notification Orasure Test for HIV
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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
...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? Mar 1, 2010Hi Doctor,You do a wonderful service here and I have question... Read more »

I did it... now the waiting game - sadly not a world cup game - questions about immunoglobulins and more

Hi Dr Bobinino (are you playing in the next world cup - its in Brazil!!),So I tested... up to 2 weeks to wait for the test result!I wanted to ask for your help in the meantime, if you have time - my doctor didnt :( . I didn't sleep well at all......
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...carries a different risk level than a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am with a cute college coed of unknown HIV status. The six-month window is a very conservative recommendation issued by the CDC to make sure an infection is not missed. The post-PEP... Read more »

Itchy Red Bumps

Yesterday, 256 miles away in Atlanta, I was in the exam room with my good friend, a twenty year survivor, when the doctor told him he more than likely had "itchy red bumps". The good doctor had mentioned one of those scarey latin descripitive words...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...Staph), fungus, and sometimes no cause is found. The best way to know for certain what the cause is is to do a culture of the bump or to do a skin biopsy. Sometimes doctors will try a course of antibiotics (like Bactrim) and see if the... Read more »

itchy red bumps on neck/face currently on sustiva and truvada

i have itchy red bumps on my face and neck and maybe one or two on my back, i am on sustiva truvada and zithromax my doc says it's normal but he also told me to use selsun blue and that was a horrible suggestion, is this reaction normal or is it a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Localized rash like you describe could be due to a drug reaction but more often is due to some other problem like eosinophilic folliculitis, immune reconstitution reactions, and others. Selsun Blue sometimes helps decrease the problem actually if... Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...with HIV, it usually takes from three weeks to two months for your immune system to produce HIV antibodies. During this "window period" you can test negative for HIV even if you are infected. If you think you were exposed to HIV, you should wait... Read more »
The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...irregularities or worse premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Some women have excessive bleeding while others stop menstruating altogether (amenorrhea). If you have any of these symptoms, seek medical attention to determine the cause. It is important... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

How to Spot HIV/AIDS Fraud

What Is HIV/AIDS Fraud? Warning Signs of an HIV Fraud Common Sense About Unproven Treatments Questions You Should Ask Take Your Time; Check It Out The Bottom Line What Is HIV/AIDS Fraud? HIV fraud is the promotion,... Read more »
The Well Project

Oral Sex: What's the Real Risk for HIV?

...vigorous, prolonged oral sex ("deep-throating"). Avoid mouth or throat trauma caused by a large number of partners in ashort period of time. Taking Care of Yourself Any type of sexual activity with an infected person carries a risk of... Read more »
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Bumpity BUMP BUMP....CDC window

Posted by Virgo, 3 Replies
...the person is not infected with HIV. In rare instance, a person with a negative or inconclusive result may be in the 'window period". This is the period of time between the onset of infection with HIV and the appearance of detectable antibodies... Read more »

THE WINDOW PERIOD-THERE IS NO CONSPIRACY

Posted by Anonymous
...I believe if a respectable portion of HIV infected people were testing positive past the 6 month window period, it would have been common knowledge. . . and I believe the CDC (and other health organizations) would have bumped the window Read more »

red bumps

Posted by Anonymous
...the red bumps are connected to my hair, so i dunno and the white ones are on my biceps and i dunno what it is tho but i think ive had it for Read more »

Is the Window period for real? I am worried.

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...and seem to be living in fear. Its like, I feel as though I have it, but my tests keep saying negative. Is this 3-6 month window thing really as conclusive as everyone says? Whatever the case, I dont wanna be stuck in this fear and keep... Read more »