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HIV- people seroconvert after 3months?

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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.
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replied April 30th, 2011
Hello and welcome to E health forum.

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.

Such disorders include :

1. Disorders of antibody production: Hypogammaglobulinemia ; X-linked agammaglobulinemia ; IgA deficiency ; IgG deficiency ; IgM deficiency ; Hyper IgM syndrome ; Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome • Hyper-IgE syndrome

2. Common variable immunodeficiency

3. Cell-mediated (T) : Di George's syndrome ; Purine nucleoside phosphorylase deficiency
Severe combined (B+T) x-linked: X-SCID ; Adenosine deaminase deficiency

4. Conditions resulting in : Leukopenia, Lymphocytopenia , Idiopathic CD4+ lymphocytopenia

5. Complement deficiency

Your tests doe at 4 months post exposure, might be conclusive.


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