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6 weeks
Sep 16, 2001

Doc, in Massachussets, many doctors say that a 6 week eliza test is conclusive. Are they correct or are they being too optimistic?

Response from Mr. Kull

Professional opinion will vary to certain degrees when determining the window period on the HIV antibody test. HIV experts will base their judgements on clinical experience, research, guidelines, and other factors. It is important that you have a basic understanding of how the antibody tests work, listen to professionals that you trust, and do what works for you.

Most information out there states that most people will develop a detectable level of antibodies about three weeks after exposure. However, it is suggested that people wait three to six months for a definitive result, with three being sufficient by most standards.

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