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AIDS- can it be silent?
Mar 2, 2001

This is a stupid question, but would you eventually know you have the virus after 2 yrs? would you know? now when you get blood work. would it show up if you have AIDS or do you have to look for it? i just get very curious on stuff like this and very nervous. please get back to me asap thanks.

Response from Dr. Dezube

HIV infections can indeed be silent. The only way to know is to get tested for HIV. If you go to a healthcare provider and (s)he does not specifically order an HIV test, then you will never know. If your provider takes blood from you and (s)he runs the usual panel of tests, this is NOT good enough. The "usual panel of tests" does NOT include an HIV test. In fact, it is illegal to run the initial HIV test unless you consent to it.

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