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HIV testing, how long should you wait
Jul 9, 2004

how long should you wait after having unprotected sex to be tested for HIV?

Response from Dr. Conway

A test should be done immediately to rule out the fact that you may have been infected with HIV from a previous exposure. Otherwise, regualrt antibody testing should be done at 6 and 12 weeks. If at any time during this period you develop any symptoms sugegstive of acute HIV infection (a severe flu-like illness, for instance), more specialized testing can be done, including a viral load test, to see if the symptoms are due to HIV.



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