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Does hepatitis c coinfection prolong window period of hiv? can hiv pcr test detect it at 8 week post possible exposure?

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Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 12 years experience
No.: Hepatitis C and HIV are two different viruses and will act and be detected in different ways. They should not affect the ability to diagnose each other. HIV PCR tests can be done fairly quickly after exposure, but usually 3 months is the normal timing for accurate results, not 8 weeks.
Dr. Minghsun Liu
Infectious Disease 20 years experience
Yes: The window period for HIV PCR test is 1-3 weeks so at 8 weeks, it should be able to detect a positive infection. As far as I am aware, I don't think there is interference from hepatitis C virus on the PCR result.

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