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sandzman2101 posted:
Hi guys so I have a question I recently went to the doctors office to get an hiv antibody blood test, not sure which test exactly, after a possible exposure which was 94 days from when I got the test. So I wait about 2 weeks then return to the doctors office to get the results which were negative which was a huge relief but this relief was cut short, because the doctor told me that the window period is 6 months and that the result I received was virtually meaningless because it was still to early to tell if I was infected or not. Is this true or is the doctor wrong? I was under the impression that 6 months was just for people who have under gone chemo or are everyday drug user. Can someone please help clear this up for me.
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georgiagail responded:
It's 3 months.


It's been my experience that unless your physician is an Infectious Disease specialist, they tend to know very little about the specifics on HIV testing in the first place.


In truth, 99.99 percent of newly infected folks will have enough antibodies present by 90 days to show a "reactive" (i.e., positive) test result. The remaining few who need to wait for six month testing are those you've described; someone who has recently undergone chemotherapy or someone who has undergone an organ transplant and is on immune suppressing medication to prevent rejection.


Gail
 
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sandzman2101 replied to georgiagail's response:
So it is conclusive then? And I should ignore what the doctor told me
 
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georgiagail replied to sandzman2101's response:
It's conclusive.

It's up to you as to whether you want to ignore what this physician told you or you want to get another test at six months which will, again, show that you are HIV negative.

Gail
 
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sandzman2101 replied to georgiagail's response:
Ok thank you


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