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Jan 26, 2003

Is it possible for you to be HIV-positive for a number of years and not even know it?

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A person can live for a number of years infected with HIV and not know that they are infected. On average, people experience AIDS-related symptoms 10 years after infection.

If a person is at risk for HIV infection, it is advised that they get tested three or more months after infection. People develop antibodies to HIV within three months of infection, and antibody tests will confirm infection if testing occurs after the window period. It is extremely rare that someone would take longer than three months for antibodies to be detectable.


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