Updates on HIV testing Window Period
27th June 2013 was National HIV Testing Day in the US.
There were a lot of activities to promote HIV testing.
What I found interesting and also should be of interest to many readers of this blog is the HIV Testing Factsheet published by the CDC.
I have attached a copy here.
HIV Signs and Symptoms
The HIV Window Period and Test Accuracy
HIV PEP Post Exposure Prophylaxis
Please allow me to highlight some points in this factsheet:
1. The factsheet says that antibodies to HIV typically develop between 2 to 8 weeks after exposure to the virus. This we already know but I am glad there is more official recognition of this fact. So for those of you who are still sweating over your 3 months HIV test, stop sweating.
2. The factsheet also states that the P24 antigen can be detected within 4 to 7 days before antibodies appear. In other words, as early as 1 week from infection. This should also give comfort and reassurance to those of you who have undergone the Combo/Duo test at 3 to 4 weeks from exposure.
3. The factsheet also states that an RNA test can detect the HIV virus 10 to 15 days after exposure. I personally think that this should be the standard of care. Unfortunately, the RNA test in Singapore is costly and has a very long turn-around time. Our clinic in Thailand will be able to run this test at less than half of Singapore’s cost with a 1 to 2 days turnaround time.
Overall, I hope this factsheet published by the US CDC which is easily the most conservative medical institution I know, will give everyone some relief and reassurance.
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