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Dec 9, 2002
Dear Sir, I've noticed you said most people who test negative at 3 months are conclusive.
How many people, from your experience, would you say take longer than 3 months to produce detectable antibodies?
| Response from Mr. Kull
In my experience, I've never encountered it, but don't rely on that. The CDC sets the standards, and three months is considered adequate for the general population. This has been supported by research and developments in HIV screening methods.
It's extremely rare that someone would take longer than three months, and this should not be a concern for people seeking HIV testing ESPECIALLY if you are at low-risk for infection.
If you are still uncomfortable with testing at three months, get tested at six months after exposure to reduce your doubts. If you are still anxious about your results six months after exposure, the problem might be more psychological than physical.
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