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Hep B and Hiv testing period


Dear friends, I have a question. Can living with hepatitis B prolong the window period for hiv testing ?
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I'm not sure why it would prolong the testing. There are a lot of people that are co-infected with Hep B and HIV as well. They get tested for it. My doctor that tested my Hep B also tested me for HIV at the same time when he drew all my blood. Was very thankful that all results for HIV were negative!
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add also test for hcv
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Agreed with flyinsky here. It does not hurt to test for Hep C and Hep A as well. They should all be able to be tested at the same time, just extra vials of blood will be needed. I got tested for all of them, all negative except Hep B.
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In some cases yes. HIV can be present in HBV coinfection with no signs of hiv antibodies. This is very very rare though.

I had taken about 50 HIV tests over the period of 5 years because of black hairy tongue appearance with HBV symptoms. So I did put myself through all the torture had everything done from Western blots.to mutiple pcr dna and rna tests. Even checked for HTLV which is also going around. That virus and  what it leads to is totally being ignored. As one arrogant infection disease specialist told me. Why test for HTLV when there is no treatment.   some of these guys are so out of control I tell you.

But anyways. If you want to get a piece of mind do an HIV 1/2 western blot that checks for type O type also. That will check of antibodies to HIV enzymes.

Also you can run HIV 1 and 2 DNA PCR test at the same time if exposure window is more then a month.

Most people get antibodies to HIV in 6 months. Everage is 30 days to 3 months. But in this window or any window for that matter there are viral particle detection tests PCR DNA and RNA tests. That can detect HIV down to 10 copies ml.

Some people  with rare types of HIV infections can be missed by PCR tests. They need to load all the primers in the lab to.test. and doctors that order tests are not aware of this at all. I mean average specialist doctor

So just to be sure you back it up with the western blot. To test for early antibodies against hiv enzymes.

You do that extensive testing if you want. Or if you have symptoms that are related to HIV infection.

An extreme test the most best test is HIV viral culture. They take your lymphocytes and mix them with uninfected donors. And in a test tube try to stimulate the infection. And observe changes and the microscope and run pcr tests. But again only 1% of people are at risk for rare types of HIV mostly living in Africa and Thailand.

So that is kind of it regarding HIV testing.  
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On the brighter note. HiV is now curable. With bone marrow transpant. Just its relative HIV. Something Japanese scientists said all along.

So there is another why they dont treat HiV infected with bone marrow transplant. Mainly cost. And no long term treatment customer..
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Window period is not changed by hepatitis, unless you are taking drugs for hepatitis. If you are taking drugs than window period can be somewhat extended.
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