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How Long Do I Wait To Get Tested After Period Blood

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Get the Facts
The Well Project

What Is HIV? wait three to six months after your last possible exposure to the virus before being tested. That is because the immune system can take anywhere from two to eight weeks to make antibodies. If you are tested in this "window period," you may get an unclear result or a false negative. There is another type of test called the RNA test, which detects the virus directly. The RNA test can give results very early in HIV infection, but is more...
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Can I stop testing?

Greetings Dr. Bob,I know the window period question is one that never dies, but hopefully this touches on something that hasn't been addressed.I know that there are certain things that could delay the HIV window period even past the conservative CDC...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,I can't imagine anywhere on the planet where you could get HIV testing but hepatitis screening was not available. (All you would need is a hepatitis C antibody test!) But to answer your question, Read more »

window period for hiv/hepatitis

Dear Carol, I have a 179 day(after exposure) neg antibody test for hiv and a 195 day (after the same exposure)neg antibody test for hep b/hep c. Is this long enough to wait for a conclusive answer? I would like to stop testing and worrying...
Carol Salisbury, APRN-BC, MSN

Response from Carol Salisbury, APRN-BC, MSN

Michigan State University College of Nursing
...Hi, The usual period for both hepatitis and HIV exposure to show signs and reveal a positive antibody test are usually 90 days. The viral load test Read more »

Atripla and testing period

Hey Doc-I have been done with my PEP for about a month. Just to refresh, I had a condome break and got on a PEP regimen of Atripla. I did not make it through the whole thing. The side effects were horrible, and based on the risk, about 2 minutes...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...absolutely not!2.The best test to take for HIV-screening continues to be an HIV-antibody test. 3.Guidelines for follow-up HIV testing for folks considered to have had a significant enough HIV exposure to warrant PEP suggest HIV-antibody tests at... Read more »

Blood Test

Hi, I am 20 years old, I lost my virginity when i was 16-17. I recently went for a blood test because I have been having headaches, dizzy spells etc. I havnt had a blood test since I have been with this guy, I cant remember if he used a condom or...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...Timeline of Testing and Symptoms of AIDS" ( for more information on your time period question. Waiting to get a test result can be a scary experience. Try not to stress out too much while you wait... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...infection, most likely within the past two months. If both tests are positive, then HIV infection probably occurred a few months or longer before the tests. In June 2010 the FDA approved a new HIV test that detects both antibodies to HIV and HIV... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Chemistry Panel

...indicate digestive problems. Phosphorus , like calcium, is a major component of bones. Low levels of phosphorus for a long period of time can cause damage to bones, nerves and muscles. High phosphate levels are most often due to kidney failure. ... Read more »
The Body

HIV Testing 101 Even if you don't have health insurance, you can get free HIV treatment and if you take care of yourself, you can live a long and healthy life. Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Telling Others You're HIV Positive

...your job performance. Get a letter from your doctor that explains what you need to do for your health (taking medications, rest periods, etc.). Talk with your boss or personnel director. Tell them you want to continue working, and what changes... Read more »
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CAN WE RELY ON THE LABS?? Please put me at ease..

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...antibody test was done. Does anyone know, has anyone gone to Quest? Do they do ELISA, and are they careful in handling the blood and results. My crazy mind thinks they could have been mixed up or something, since I seem to have so-called... Read more »

Test results today

Posted by Hartigan, 2 Replies
...weeks later (except rash). I had a 6 week test result that was negative, so this time it will be well beyond the 3 month window period. Wish me luck! I hope I have been worried well. Read more »

10 yrs to find out?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...10 yrs to find out you are +. is that true? i'm scared i had very risky unprotected sex. if i have a blood hiv test done, how long after exposure will it take for me to find out. please help? Read more »

pep and testing

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...i was on pep .how long should i wait to get tested if i have a pcr test? Read more »