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what is the meaning of window priod

I had my test for HIV some time back, it was negative but the doctor told me that I could be in WINDOW PERIOD. What is window period?? I should admit that I have high risk behavior
Asked On : Wed, 7 Apr 2010
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HIV AIDS Specialist 's  Response
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WINDOW PERIOD IS THE TIME TAKEN BY SOME VIRUS TO PRODUCE ENOUGH ANTIBODIES WHICH COULD BE DETECTED BY BLOOD TESTS TO DETECT PRESENCE OF SUCH VIRUS IN BLOOD OF INVECTED PERSON IN HIV IT IS MAXIMUM 03 MONTHS BUT MAY BE 06 MONTHS IN A RARE SITUATION.PERIOD OF SEROCONVERSION FROM INFECTION PERIOD IN MEDICAL LANGUAGE.
Answered: Wed, 25 Apr 2012
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HIV AIDS Specialist Dr. Rajendra Kumar Panda's  Response
window period is the time from entry of the virus to the detection of the antibody human body,It is usually 3-4months . in this period though the person is infected with the virus, in the ELISA TEST the patient will be found -ve. & if the person is suspected to have high risk behavior, the person is advised Repeat ELISA test after 3-4months
Answered: Mon, 6 Feb 2012
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Window period is the time from entry of the virus, to the time its detected in blood 

Answered: Wed, 7 Apr 2010
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