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Taking T3 and Clenbuterol for weight loss--does this affect HIV window period?

Hello Doctors,

Would taking 60mcg T3 and clenbuterol daily for weight loss affect the HIV testing window, especially for antibody oral tests? Today, I had a negative home oral which would put me at the 6wk and 8wk period after two sexual encounters Although I they were both protected, and I'm at low risk to begin with, I'm still curious. I started taking the T3 about 3 days ago and will likely take it for the next two months, not sure when I will start the clenbuterol though. I do not have a history of thyroid disorders, auto-immune disorders, nor do I have any asthma or breathing issues. I'm taking the substances to reduce body fat. I plan to retake the oral test at 12 weeks for both encounters, but was wondering if the two substances would affect my immune system negatively to make the 3 month window not applicable to my situation. In your opinion is my negative test today very reliable, for both 6 wk and 8 wk? Would I need to then test at 6 months?

Thank you!
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300980 tn?1194929400
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Welcome to the Forum.  We get many questions about medications affecting the results of HIV tests.  The answer in that almost none do. this includes both T3 and clembuterol.

As you point out, you really do not need testing at all following condom protected sex as long as the condom is worn throughout sex.  Further, if despite this you feel the need to test, please know that HIV antibody tests, including  are reliable 8 weeks after exposure this includes those performed on oral fluids.  There is no longer a reason for persons to wait for 12 weeks until they are confident of their test results.

I hope this comment is helpful to you. EWH
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Thank you Dr. Hook. One more question, not out of anxiety or irrationality, but out of general curiousity: what kinds of medications do affect HIV tests?
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And just to reiterate, both T3 and clenbuterol WILL NOT affect my immune system to where oral antibody tests cannot detect HIV antibodies given the appropriate window period allotted time, right?
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Sorry, please disregard the previous question. I think what I meant to ask was would T3 and clenbuterol affect antibody production to where the antibodies would be too low for oral oraquick detection at 8 weeks or 12 weeks? Would taking these medications (hormones) have the same effect like someone who is on chemotherapy or immunocompromised and their antibodies aren't detected as well?

Sorry, this is the last question. I promise!
300980 tn?1194929400
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Your question is a repetitive one.  I have told you, neither t2 nor clenbuteroal will change the reliabity of tests.  These are no no way like taking chemotherapy or being imunocompromised. EWH
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Thank you Dr. Hook. I appreciate your directness and quick response.  No more questions from my end. Have a good one!
300980 tn?1194929400
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
I'm glad I could help.  EWH

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