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HIV and HCV coinfection

Question: 

Dear
My name its norbert,from hungary.Soory,but my english not to good.
I have few question:
-If a person is coinfected with HIV and HCV at the same time, will 6 months hiv antibodytest still be conclusive?
-The HCV may delay the HIV window period?
If delay,what is the max time?
you know any links or website about information this?
Best Regards and happy new year
norbert

Answer: 

Hello Norbert, Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver with your concerns. Having HCV does not affect the HIV window period. The HIV window period would only be affected if you were undergoing HCV treatment at that time. So yes a 6 month test is still conclusive for HIV otherwise. It takes 4 weeks to 3 months for seroconversion to occur, and if you get tested during or after that time, results will be conclusive. Since seroconversion does differ a bit for each individual (some will seroconvert at 4 weeks, others 6 weeks, others 3 months, for example), getting tested at or after 3 months will provide completely accurate results 4. There are only 3 reasons that seroconversion may be delayed. A re-test at the 6 month mark is only recommended for people undergoing PEP treatment, HCV treatment (which I explained above), or for people with an immunodeficiency disorder (such as Type 1 Diabetes) since they may take longer to produce HIV specific antibodies. For more information about HCV, you can visit http://www.avert.org/hepatitis.htm. Hopefully this answers your questions, and if you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email us.
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