Anonymous
People who are previously splenectomised, do they have slower immune answer to hiv virus (does their seroconversion comes later than in other people)? Is window period for them the same as for others and is it required for them to repeat test several times before declare it conclusive?

Tnx in advance for your answer
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I'll be more than glad to answer your question about the HIV testing window period.

Having done a splenectomy is not one of the conditions that would delay an HIV testing window period. There are only 4 conditions that can stretch this window period (treatment for Hep C, cancer, HIV, or having an immunodeficiency disease). If these 4 conditions don't apply to you, then your window period is 3 months. A test after 3 months is considered conclusive.

Sincerely,

Ali

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