Please answer the following questions:
Question# 1: I have received Hep-C treatment 5 years ago, would that affect the window period of my 4th generation HIV test or the test is only affected by undergoing Hep-C treatment?
Question# 2: If you have symptoms which pretty much disappear then antibodies should have been formed, right?
Question# 3: What is the relation of p24 antigen with antibodies creation and other effects like Hepatitis and PEP? Would there be p24 and no antibodies in case of delayed seroconversion?
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.
1) Only current hepatitis C treatment will affect the window period because it currently alters your immune responses. After you finish treatment, your window period is the same as everyone elses.
2) Not necessarily, the timeline overlaps. Symptoms typically occur before antibody formation (but not always) and may overlap with antibody formation. Everyone's body is different, and it's not clear cut.
3) P24 is an antigen of the virus, so it will be present regardless of immune response, other infections, or antibody formation. P24 is present for the first few weeks after exposure, and then disappears.
I hope this helped! For more information on HIV infections and how they work, please visit https://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/just-diagnosed-with-hiv-aids/hiv-in-your-body/stages-of-hiv/
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