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Window period ( 3 months vs. Aussie 6weeks??)

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Andy Velez:
Jacob, I can foresee that eventually a widely accepted six week testing point will come to be because of improved quality of testing.

Six months is long outmoded even by the CDC with the exception of cases involving IV drug use or severely depleted immune systems.

Until everyone is on the same playing field universally with regard to the tests being used we're sticking with the 13 weeks which the CDC has advocated for sometime.

All but the very smallest number of those who are going to seroconvert will do so within 4-6 weeks after an exposure to the HIV virus.

For now we will continue to recommend sticking with 13 weeks as the testing point at which you can get a definitive answer.


So Andy you'd say a (unprotected male to female oral act-low risk) Or, for that matter any oral sexual act is conclusive/definitive with a (4 month=16 week and two day) FDA approved Orasure finger prick result. Again thanxs for explaining the window timing to me mate.
All the best,

PS- So mthe people or the few that do seroconvert close to the three month timing are those that are IV drug users or "occupational risks"---> ie. a physician who gets infected via a needle puncture? Or are these people so few now that there are not any real statistics for people seroconverting around or outside the standard 3 month time?


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Getting a blowjob isn't low risk, it is no risk at all.

The window period is three months no matter what the act - as long as there was actually a risk. The only exceptions would be in the rare person who has a severely compromised immune system due to chemotherapy for cancer, anti-rejection drugs following organ transplant or someone who has been injecting street drugs every day for years. Even people who fit that criteria will more than likely seroconvert by the end of the three month period.

The occupational needle stick only changes the window period if the person goes on PEP (post exposure prophylaxis) and that causes the window period to start the day after the PEP is discontinued. It's still a three month window period, it just starts a little later.

I agree with Andy - I also expect the official window period to be dropped to six weeks within the next few years.



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