|How long after can Hiv be detected
Jul 21, 2004
HI. I've been with my husbsnd for 7 years now and I had a child 3 years ago. When I was pregnant, I had gotten tested for hiv and it came back negative. If i would have gotten hiv from my husband, who was my first when we started,Would hiv definitely have shown up by then? Is it possible to be tested after four years of the virus and it still not show up on a test?
| Response from Dr. Horwath
The HIV test is a test for antibodies against the virus. The body responds to HIV infection by producing antibodies, which are detectable within a few weeks after the initial infection in most people. After 90 days, about 90% of those with HIV infection will develop a positive HIV test.
In answer to your question, if a person is infected, the HIV test will be positive after 4 years.
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