What kind of people seroconvert after 3months? I have a normal health history with no major illness. Have underwent tonsillectomy surgery last year. Tested negative for HIV test at the end of 3 and 4 months and no major symptoms shown in last 5months post exposure. But now i am developing some rashes and indigestion and feeling really worried. Kindly help.
In the vast majority of cases, the standard test that will be offered at an HIV testing centre will be an HIV antibody test.
HIV antibody tests in a normal individuals - should be done atleast after 4-12 weeks of exposure. (Antibodies to HIV are produced by 4 weeks in 90% individuals who had a infective exposure and a positive test result). The test result at the end of 12 weeks can be considered conclusive. (This is to clear any remaining doubts).
But to avoid mistakes and for re-confirmation of the status, retesting at adequate intervals is advised as a precautionary measure (to avoid medicolegal implications).
Hence this causes a lot of frustration and depression in a lot of patients who think they might have been exposed to HIV and want to get to know their status ASAP.
Many a times, patients are very scared and do the tests for silly reasons when they even do not have the risk of exposure. This is mainly a result of DOUBT and sense of GUILT (sometimes).
It is extremely rare for a person to take any longer then 6 months to develop detectable antibodies.
In case a individuals have conditions that result in late production of antibodies - testing after 12 weeks or after 6 months is advised. Most of these conditions are rare genetic diseases - and do present much earlier in life and individuals will always be sick with respiratory and diarrheal infections throughout their life.
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