seroconversion illness

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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people say seroconversion illness can occur 2 - 4 weeks after exposure.it can last between 2 -  6 weeks so i hear.they also say that during seroconversion illness antibody test is negative.

My question is that are antibody test negative during seroconversion illness? assuming a person gets seroncoversion illness at 3 weeks post exposure and last for 4 weeks then the weeks after exposure is 7 weeks.in the 6th week post exposure cant antibody test detect HIV even though the person is having seroconversion illness.

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Illnes after being infected with HIV may or may not happen to someone. An HIV test is not conclusive until 12 weeks or 84 days (3 months). Some people will test positive before 12 weeks, some people will not.

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