Anonymous
Hello,

I had a hep c test at 8 weeks that came back positive for antibodies. I had another test to confirm and it was negative at 8 weeks and 15 weeks.
I tested for HIV antibody at 13 weeks. Could the hep c positive antibody test be delaying the HIV test? I am now pregnant and very scared I could have HIV and not know it due to the hep c and I have seen so many different articles saying if it is co infection it will affect the window period.

Thank you for your time!
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Anonymous
Thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver helpline forum.

From what you have told me it seems like you are distressed about your Hep C test affecting your HIV test.
While we mainly provide information about HIV, I have some info about Hep. C and how it may affect your HIV test. All HIV tests are considered conclusive at 3 months. In regards to your situation, having a possible Hep C exposure will not affect your HIV testing if you are not on treatment for Hep C. If you have taken treatment for Hep. C the HIV test window period is 6 months for them to be considered conclusive.
We suggest partnering up with your doctor to find out more about your Hep. C and your test results.

Finally, in regards to your pregnancy, here, in North America, many mothers have the option of getting HIV tests such as the DNA RNA NAAT test which is used to screen babies. While I am not sure where you are, partner with your health care provider for this. Early testing during pregnancy reduces any possible mother to child transmission.

In closing, based on your information and you are not on Hep C treatment, your 13 week HIV test result would be considered. But please partner with your specialist.
If you live in BC, our AIDS Vancouver have some great information for expectant mothers and concerns with HIV. Feel free to give us a call.

Good luck with your pregnancy and hopefully we have answered your questions.


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