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HIV/AIDS Information: HIV Window Period

  By posted Dec 16th 2013
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HIV/AIDS Information: HIV Window Period

 

Test results can change your life; it confirms contracting or developing a particular disease. For those who suspect that they have contracted HIV , the waiting period is  important to understand. Knowing the symptoms of HIV is important but a blood test is the only way to confirm it.


Early symptoms of HIV are almost negligible as the signs of HIV are not easy to spot. But the moment you know a person has AIDS and by chance his blood has come in contact with your blood, it is important to get tested immediately. But  remember, the HIV virus takes time to break down a person's  immune system.

According to WHO, ‘An HIV test reveals infection status by detecting the presence or absence of antibodies to HIV in the blood. Antibodies are produced by an individual’s immune system to fight off foreign pathogens. Most people have a "window period" of usually 3 to 6 weeks during which antibodies to HIV are still being produced and are not yet detectable.

This early period of infection represents the time of greatest infectivity, but transmission can occur during all stages of the infection. If someone has had a recent possible HIV exposure, retesting should be done after 6 weeks to confirm test results, which enables sufficient time to pass for antibody production in infected individuals.’

According to Wikipedia (with reference to AIDS.com), ‘The timeframe between when you are exposed to HIV to the time you test positive for HIV antibodies can be up to 3-6 months. This period of time is called a “window period” for HIV testing.’

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