Aug 21, 2010
I have read a number (and I mean a NUMBER) of posts that debate the entire 6-8 week "window" period and 3 month window period. Some people (companies in the business of 'making money') desire the "FDA" guidelines of waiting the 3 month mark, which I regard as unnecessary. I do agree with Dr. Hook and Dr. Handsfield when one has to take into account the (a) risk (b) partner, etc. As I read from one of MHModerator, she states 3 months. THat is fine, that is what she believes. Not I. If there is an in-house debate regarding the 3 mos. window period and the views expressed from the ACTUAL Doctors on Medhelp, then the Medhelp operator and Dr. Forum need to be on the "same page".
I really have little or no faith when it comes to the FDA/CDC guidelines. After all, the need to account for EVERY single person in the population, therefore they cover persons with even the most REMOTE illness, that could hinder any possible test,...not just HIV tests. Having contacted 2 ID doctors, they too are in agreement with the views expressed on the Doctor Forum, that nearly 98% of persons show up HIV + by 8 weeks. THey too have never seen an 8 week test turn positive.
But then again...it is up to you. Get tested @ 6 weeks, when the VAST majority of people will test Positive, and regardless, get tested at 3 months IF it makes you feel more comfortable (considering you had a VALID risk).