Apr 11, 2001
My first HIV test was negative, i.e., showed no anti-bodies had developed after 38 days. This was heartening, but I continue to worry. I have seen studies showing HIV can develop 1 year later. I realize this isn't exactly the right forum for this question, but I, and probably several others, would appreciate hearing more about testing before 6 months, e.g., is it worth it.
Response from Dr. Henry
An HIV antibody test is usually positive by 6 weeks and is positive 95% of the time by three months. There are only a few isolated cases of delayed positive tests out to one year. That is very rare. If a test is negative at 3 and/or 6 months after an exposure then the chances that an HIV infection was missed are much less than 1%. KH
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.