Diseases & National Health Programme
In HIV window period indicates:
|A|| Time period between infection and onset of first symptoms|
|B|| Time period between infection and detection of antibodies against HIV|
|C|| Time period between infection and maximum multiplication of the organism|
|D|| None of the above|
(Ref: Park 22nd edition; Pg: 316)
a. Window period is the Time period between infection and detection of antibodies against HIV by the available tests.
b. The period is usually three months. The Test is negative in the window period. In this period the diagnosis of HIV can be done by the detection of p-24 ag by PCR or other methods.
The clinical features of HIV infection have been classified into four broad categories (7) :
I. Initial infection with the virus and development of antibodies. Asymptomatic carrier state
II Asymptomatic carrier state
III AIDS- related complex