Anonymous
I just received an answer to my initial question about hypothyroidism and HIV testing that I asked from April 28th, and I am not feeling too confident in the answer that the lady gave me. The lady stated that "as far as we know" hypothyroidism doesn't affect the window period for HIV tests. I am now feeling none too confident that my results after 84 days are final and am seriously thinking about testing again in late July (6-month period). I also wanted to state that I take levothyroxine once per day to deal with my hypothyroidism. And isn't hypothyroidism an autoimmune disorder, which would affect the window period? Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver for your HIV/AIDS related information.

When we say that "as far as we know", this means that as far as the scientific evidence available to us, we don't think that Hypothyroidism affects your HIV test results. It really is not subjective.

Taking levothyroxine doesn't affect your test results either.

Furthermore, Hypothyroidism is NOT an autoimmune disorder. Hypothyroidism "is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to run the body's metabolism, it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism". For more information on the disorder, feel free to visit: [http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/hypothyroidism-too-little-thyroid-hormone ](http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/hypothyroidism-too-little-thyroid-hormone)

For further questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to a healthcare professional in your area.

In health,

Moe- AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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