|Likely hood of a False Negative!? :(
Jun 3, 2012
I got a blood test and it came negative at 16 weeks. Could there be a chance that this is a false negative?! I'm really worried. Is there a need for me to get tested again?
| 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. This is because of what we call the window period the time in between the 3 week and 3 month testing. You could test negative and actually be positive. This is why the 3 month test is necessary. You are outside of the window period and have tested negative. You are fine.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.