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Quest Diagnostic!
Nov 21, 2001

I went to quest to have some blood work done, I asked about False Negative HIV tests AFTER the window like 2yrs after, he said it can take up to 6 YEARS to test positive!!!!!!! Is this true, do I need to keep testing after my negative result???

Thankyou in advance!

Response from Mr. Kull

That is inaccurate information. Most people test positive 25 days after infection, and virtually everyone will test positive 3 months after infection. In rare cases, a person may take six months or longer to develop a detectable level of antibodies, but there is no indication that anyone has taken longer than 11 months (which was documented only once).

A test at three months is sufficient, and follow-up testing at six months is only indicated for those who have definite exposures to people known to be HIV infected.

RMK



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