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

By Anonymous November 3, 2012 - 6:22am
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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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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. 


Wishing you the best!


November 3, 2012 - 12:58pm
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