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Rosa Cabrera RN

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ask: How accurate is a HIV test after 8 weeks of exposure?

By Anonymous

Hi, I had an HIV test 8 weeks after exposure and am waiting to go again at 12 weeks. At 8 weeks the test was negative. Would I have experience symptoms of infection by now? (ive been noticing random symptoms like a sharp pain in my chest, an itchy pelvis, dull pain in my pelvis) and wondered if this may be related?

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Rosa Cabrera RN

Hi Anonymous,

I'm sorry to hear that you have been exposed to HIV. An HIV test will not detect the presence of the HIV virus immediately after exposure. Statistics show that 96% (perhaps higher) of all infected individuals will test positive within 2 to 12 weeks. In some cases, this may take up to six months. It is very important that you re-test in 12 weeks for a more accurate result-- you do not want to skip that test thinking that you're in the clear because it was negative at 8 weeks. 

http://www.aids.org/topics/aids-basics/guide-to-hiv-testing/#when

Wishing you the best!

Rosa

November 3, 2012 - 12:58pm
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