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Nov 27, 2002

I had a high risk encounter with a sex worker 3 years ago. But now im am worried i might be infected. I am in perfect health these 3 years; no shingles,weight loss.. Am i safe or just that the symptoms hadn't come out? Do i need to get tested?

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You can't determine your status based on the absence of symptoms. It's a good sign, but is in no way reliable. The average time it takes for a person to develop AIDS-related symptoms is about 10 years. Your best bet is to have an HIV antibody test three or more months after your last exposure.

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