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When Did The Window Period For Hiv Testing Change

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...Foundation.] All applicants for U.S. residence must take an HIV antibody test as part of the compulsory medical exam. Those who test positive are denied residence automatically. This measure also applies to all people requesting change in residence status, including citizenship applications. Let's say you are an immigrant who has tested HIV positive. Besides worrying about testing HIV positive, you also fear what will happen to you because...
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Acute Hepatitis post window period/sero conversion

Hi Barbara, I very much appreciate your service for this entire world to give valuable information on HIV. Through archives, I understood window period for HIV can be extended till 1 year if coinfection of HIV and Hepatitis happens during...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...The same issue applies. If you are diagnosed with acute HCV infection, you will need further follow-up testing for HIV. However, the symptoms of hepatitis are very nonspecific, so I would not jump to any conclusions without blood testing. Read more »

2nd Generation Rapid Test and Window Period

Dr. BobAfter making a mistake on the number of days since an episode of unprocted vaginal sex with a woman of unknown status, I tested negative at 80 days using the Oraquick Rapid Fingerstick test. I know I have to go back for a retest but my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...quite accurate. The newer generations may pick up seroconversion a bit earlier, but the recommendations for a three-month window period are the same for all generations of the test.2.No. The three-month window does not change with different... Read more »

Other STDs Affect HIV Test

Doctor Bob,You are a legend -Just a quickie - Can having another more common STD like Chlamydia, Gonnorhea etc have any affect on the HIV blood test ie. causing false negatives or extending window period?I have checked the archives but Im obviously...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis, will not affect HIV-antibody test results or change the duration of the window period.You're welcome!Dr. Bob 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
...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 relay... Read more »
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 Body

The Evolution of HIV Testing in the U.S.: Are We at the Cusp of a New Era? more people who have HIV are learning of their diagnosis. I think that we're beginning to see some evidence that this change in approach is having a positive effect. But isn't the change so small? Even in the study we're looking at... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

The Stages of HIV Disease

...two, when the virus first establishes itself in the body. Some researchers use the term acute HIV infection to describe the period of time between when a person is first infected with HIV and when antibodies (proteins made by the immune... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Viral Load Testing

...cause a temporary increase in viral load. For this and other reasons, physicians usually request two or more tests over a short period of time (within two to four weeks) to establish baseline viral load . "Accuracy" of Viral Load Test As... Read more »
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Posted by roper323, 2 Replies
... I just got done calling CDC and ask about window period . She said they had few people took 12 months to test postive and they are thinking about changing the window period back to Read more »

risk factor and window period questions

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...hello. i've been having horrible anxiety and haven't been able to sleep very well. I messed around with a confirmed HIV positive person. I rubbed my penis along his butt, touching his anus, but there wasn't any penetration at all. Also, I tested Read more »

Please share your experience about the window

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...or? I just wonder how many of you worried have spoked with a HIV specialist in the U.S and what do they say about the Window period? Do they say that 3 month is OK or are they saying 6 month and what should be the reason for taking 6 month?... Read more »

Window Period Post From HIV InSite

Posted by notanonymous
...ask them a lot of questions about the particular incident that has put them at risk. Based on that, I would recommend a window period. If there was very little risk in the first place, then the chances of the person being infected are very small... Read more »