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HIV testing at 6 weeks
Jun 3, 2012

How reliable is a regular blood drawn HIV test at 6 weeks? Because I'm leaving on a trip in 7 weeks and don't want to be too worried. I still plan on getting tested again at the 3 month mark

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi The guidelines for HIV testing are to be initially tested at 3 weeks then again at 3 months, if both of these tests are negative then so are you.

The reason for the two test in between is due to what is called the window period, a time when you can be positive but the test is showing negative because your body has not built enough antibodies against HIV to be seen yet. It's obviously good that you tested at 6 weeks negative but the conclusive test will be at the 3 month mark.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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