Anonymous
Hello
I have a question regarding HIV test window period. I dont want to discuss the exposure but I just wanted to tell that I have been consuming black cumin seed from past 1.5 years daily in the morning. Heard it has curing properties, does it in a way affect my 4th gen hiv test result done at 12 weeks. I mean does it delay the seroconversion ? I stopped consuming black cumin seed at 10 week post exposure but now I am really confused what is to be done ? Shall I  test again in 2-3 months or shall I just let it go. Please give your sincere advise.
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you are asking about the effect of black cumin seeds (*Nigella sativa*) on HIV tests.

According to a study done by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, consuming quantities of *Nigella sativa* on a daily basis can cause the CD4 count of the patient to decrease, though this is uncommon. The study followed one person who consumed 20 mls of *Nigella sativa* per day for 6 months. This caused the person to become Undetectable, but still HIV positive.This is an example of an extremely rare case with extenuating circumstances. Further, this study has a major flaw in that it only followed one individual. Although this study claims " the fact that there are possible therapeutic agents in *Nigella sativa* that may effectively control HIV infection," it cannot be considered applicable to all situations. Due to a lack of evidence it is difficult to apply this study to your particular circumstance.

Because of this we would recommend speaking to a doctor about your circumstances, and also maybe getting retested later depending on the results of your 4th generation test.

Hopefully this helps a little,
Regards,

Sara, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online
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