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Window Period For Weak Immune

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Weak Tests & Window Period Myths

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I don't care what the supposed experts say. All I know is what happened to me. I had a stupid, first time unprotected sexual encounter in early February. Two weeks later it all began. It started with feverish/flush of the face, neck and head. Then... Read more »

Some interesting info about the WINDOW PERIOD...

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Hi, ive been posting some messages for a while in this forum. This, I think, will be the last. I wrote a message to a very important hiv prevention and information organization in France, sponsored, endorsed and authorized by the government of... Read more »

Weak immune system vs time to produce antibodies

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello everyone
I believe I have been infected with Hiv. I havnt been tested yet but I have many of the symptoms associated with ARS
The source of my possible infection had a confirmed std but tested negative for Hiv at 3-4 months. Is it possible that... Read more »

Window Period, PERIOD!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
There seems to be one VERY important factor that is left out of the equation when the issue of the window period is discussed. Everybody is talking about how many people have been studied to come up with this window period; and then there are the... Read more »

Interesting window period question:

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I know that this scenerio would be impossible, but just bare with me for a sec.

If someone were to seroconvert at say 6 weeks, and then we were able to eliminate the HIV virus (so the person is now neg), would that person seroconvert at exactly the... 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 »

Window Period and Auto-Immune Disorders

Dr. Bob, My question is in regards to HIV test results and Auto-Immune disorders. I realize that you have answered questions on this before but I am trying to find an answer that can be utilized where I work (I work on an HIV/STD hotline). That...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Richard,I'm glad to help.1.No. Autoimmune diseases do not affect the rate at which someone produces anti-HIV antibodies. (Remember an autoimmune disease arises from an overactive immune response which includes antibody production directed... Read more »

Window Period and Medrol (anti-immune drug)

Hey Doc,I wrote to you April 1st (anal sex condom broke (brief anal exposure w/ thai sex worker when condom broke)) and have an additonal question or two, if you'd be so kind to answer.12 weeks post exposure (8weeks post PEP) I tested negative...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Setting aside the question of whether you really needed PEP in the first place, it is my feeling that when an HIV exposure is significant enough to warrant PEP, the guidelines from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services should be... Read more »

Window Period (WINDOW PERIOD)

Dr. Frascino:Many apologies if I am repetitive. To make things easier, if you want to refer me to an appropriate archived entry that is just fine. Through my searches however, I can't find anything to answer my question. Also, before I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Certainly no apologies needed. The HIV "window period" is a confusing topic and recommendations can change as we learn more about HIV pathogenesis and the body's immune response to HIV infection and as we improve our testing... Read more »
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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

French Study Finds Increased Anal Cancer Risk Despite ART

HIV attacks the immune system, causing it to become increasingly weak and dysfunctional. Treatment with combinations of potent anti-HIV drugs (commonly called ART or HAART) greatly reduces production of HIV in the body. As less HIV is produced, the... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

A New Approach: Immune-Based Treatments Against HIV

It may be impractical to attempt maintaining patients on life-long antiviral pills, especially since the evolving problem of resistance is not going away. With each passing year, more patients eventually develop resistance to their antiviral... Read more »
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Partner-Dependent Immune Differences May Protect Against HIV Infection

An interesting poster at IAS 2013 looked at the association between HLA incompatability of sexual partners as a mechanism for protection against sexual transmission. 1 Wim Jennes from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp presented... Read more »
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Preventive Technologies, Immune-Based and Gene Therapies and Research Toward a Cure

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