What is window period in the context of HIV Testing. ?

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What is window period in the context of HIV Testing. ?

Ø   Our immune system produces antibodies to fight any infection. Window period is the time taken by the human body to produce antibodies in the quantity that it can be detected through blood test.

Ø   It takes about 3-12 years (upto 6 months in some cases) after HIV infection to form antibodies in detectable quantity.

Ø   In simple terms, window period is the period in which a person is infected but his/her test result does not show it.

v   During window period the HIV status does not show in the test but the person can infect others.

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