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HIV Testing and Window period
Feb 10, 2003

How long is the window period before testing positive for HIV? Does the HIV tests performed when applying for certain life policies also pick up the HIV virus? Can one still carry the HIV virus after 7 years from date of possible infection even though all AIDS tests done recently are all negative (done for life inssurance)?

Response from Dr. Sullivan

The window period [ time from initial infection to the time antibody appears] usually is only 2-4 weeks; life insurance policies frequently require HIV tests; if one has been tested 7 years after a potential exposure to HIV and tests negative you are not infected with HIV; JLS.


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