HIV Window period
My Dr. at Mayo Clinic has told me it can take up to one year (12 mos.) for a conclusive HIV test.... Can this be because of the radiation I was exposed to? Bone imaging (nuc injection, MRI, and CAT scan.
Thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source for all AIDS/HIV related information. Although I am unaware of your medical history I hope I will be able to provide as much clarification to your question as possible.
HIV antibody tests have a window period between 4-12 weeks and international guidelines suggest testing after 12 weeks (84 days) for conclusive results. Very few things can delay this window period and require additional testing. Unless you are currently receiving treating for hepatitis C, have some form of immunodeficiency, or are currently on post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV then test results after 12 weeks can still considered conclusive. The radiation you may have received from CAT scans or nuclear medicine should not affect this window period.
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