Thank you for reading this,I'm now at the lowest point of my life, I
suspect That I have been expose to hiv five months ago.one month after
the suspected exposure,i came down with chicken pox which was more
serious than normal(6 weeks to recovery) and two months after recovering
from chicken pox ,I started having headaches,rashes,fever,pain in
armpits,neck groin area,both arms and legs are very weak. All these
lasted for a month and is still on going till now(the fever came on and
off about every weekly) My question is 1)I had an antibody test at
fourth month and it was negative ,however having chicken pox being
thrown into the picture,is this test realiable?Again would it be
realiable if i take another test six month after the suspected
exposure?2)Would the acute symtoms that usually appear weeks after
exposure be delayed by chicken pox and appears only after months. 3)Will
chicken pox causes an earlier progression to aids? if so,by how much?
4)What is the meaning of seroconversion and how it will affect the res
ults of a hiv antibody test. Thanks alot for your time, I will really
appriciate it if you could help me on this.(please pardon my english,I'm
not really good at this).
Hi. Thank you for your question.
Having chicken pox will not affect an HIV antibody test. Your present
symptoms may have been linked to chicken pox or other causes. Chicken Pox in
adults can be especially serious, regardless of whether you have HIV or not.
The antibody tests will still be more than 99% accurate 6 months after a
possible exposure to the virus. Based on all available data, having chicken
pox will not delay the onset of Acute Viral Syndrome, if you were to be
infected with HIV. I have found no information showing that getting chicken
pox will cause AIDS to progress sooner in persons with HIV. However, in
persons with weakened immune systems (due to AIDS or other causes), such
persons are much more likely to get chicken pox as adults, and this disease
can be much more severe in persons with weakened immune systems. Remember
however that HIV does not usually damage the immune system until literally
years after infection.
The term "seroconversion" means the time that an infected person starts
testing positive on an HIV antibody test. For the most accurate test, one
needs to wait 6 months after their last possible exposure. The fact that you
got chicken pox should not affect the test. Chicken Pox should not change
the symptoms associated with recent HIV infection. For more information
about the symptoms of recent HIV infection, see the question, "Symptomatic
Stage". Anybody can get chicken pox, and having this disease is NOT an
indication of HIV infection. But in those who have weakened immune systems
(from AIDS and other causes), chicken pox can be much more severe. If your
symptoms are continuing, it's important that you see your physician to
determine the cause. You cannot assume at this point that you have HIV, or
that your symptoms are HIV related.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).