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HIV positive results after 1 or more yrs
Jul 29, 2003

If a person tested negative for HIV 6 months after possible infection, what is the possibility that a positive result can occur for example 1 or more years after said possible infection? I've heard stories of some people testing negative 6 months after possible infection because the virus was undetectable until some years later.

Response from Mr. Kull

It is such a rare occurence for a person to take longer than three months, and especially six months, to develop a detectable level of antibodies. You should try to trust test results performed three or more months after exposure. If, for some reason, you strongly believe that you have been infected with HIV (has unprotected sex with someone who is known to be HIV infected) despite negative antibody tests, consult your doctor.

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