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symptoms related to AIDS

May 3, 2001

If one experiences any symptoms related to AIDS after a high risk exposure, can he immediately go for a test? or should he wait for the window period of 3-6 months?? If the test is -ve should he still wait till the window period or can he be rest assured of not having AIDS?

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HIV antibody testing is not reliable if performed when someone is experiencing symptoms related to a recent and significant risk exposure. You can't really be sure of a negative HIV test result unless the window period has elapsed (at least three months and up to six months), regardless of symptoms you experience.

For more information about the window period and when to get tested, please read the CDC's FAQ on HIV testing (


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