Please note that in my remarks I made no reference as to which test or tests, the individuals using this approach should take.
Please note that by making reference to the blood supply I have indicated a personal knowledge about how blood is tested differently from the standard clinic test for "HIV".
> Hi. You are obviously free to make
> whatever decisions you want regarding
> your safety and your body. But we did
> want to point out a serious
> misunderstanding that you might have.
> You wrote that it is not necessary to
> worry about the three month window
> period, because the blood supply is
> safe and they don't wait three months.
> The problem with that thinking is that
> you are confusing two different types
> of tests.
> The blood supply is screened for HIV
> using a variation of a viral load test
> (p24 antigen test), and the blood
> samples collected are *pooled* in order
> to test them for HIV. This is a very
> different test, and pooling blood
> samples changes the accuracy results.
> This is *not* the test that someone is
> given when they go for an HIV test.
> Those tests are HIV anti-body tests,
> and anti-bodies can take up to three
> months to show up accurately on the
> test, so that's the reason people are
> told they should wait as close to three
> months as possible.
> Individuals are not given the same type
> of tests that the blood supply
> undergoes because that test has not
> been approved by the FDA for diagnostic
> purposes, and individual samples cannot
> be pooled due to the timing of each
> person requesting a test.
> So please understand that if you merely
> get an HIV test and a negative result,
> and then discontinue practicing
> safer-sex (which we believe is what you
> are implying) you are putting yourself
> at a higher risk than necessary for two
> reasons. One is what we've already
> discussed -- due to the three month
> window period, it is possible that
> someone was recently infected but it is
> too soon to register on the test, and
> so you will receive a false negative
> result. The other reason is that if
> someone should expose themselves to HIV
> any time after the test, and the two of
> you are not playing safely, then one
> person can infect the other. Sadly, we
> have had many calls from people who got
> infected because of that reason.
> So our goal is not to get into a debate
> with you, but rather to make sure you
> understand our perspective, so that you
> can make an informed decision about
> what you want to do. We hope this
> additional information is helpful for
> you and we send you our best wishes.