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How Long Should You Wait Before Taking An Hiv Test

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How long should I wait for testing to work?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
My girlfriend watched a video in school saying that it could take ten years, while testing every five months, to determine if you have AID's. Is there any truth to that? Read more »

How long does the HIV test take?

Posted by missing, 1 Reply
It has been a week and I am still waiting for the result. I thought ELISA is a quick test? Does that means my blood has to go through Western Blot........... I know ELISA can produce false positive but that small 1% chance doesn't seems very... Read more »

How long do I have to wait?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone out there know how long it takes to get back lab results? I took a blood test, including hiv test, with a private doctor more than 2 weeks ago (18 days to be exact)and I still have not received any word. The doctor said he would call if... Read more »

Did I wait too long to test?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I was hoping someone could answer my question. I recently found out that my first girlfreind who told me she was a virgin actually cheated on me early in our relationship by having unprotected sex with another guy. We began dating 5 1/2 years ago... Read more »

waiting for my test results

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
hi everybody. i went in for my 3 month HIV test this morning. now i have to wait for the results to come back. this is a terrible period of tim.e so many thoughts are going through my head; what will i do if they are positive? i have no insurance.... Read more »
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Did I wait too long to get tested/start meeds?

Hello, I'm newly diagnosed May 2 2011, with aids diagnosis mid june. My question is was I too ignorant to get tested that it will affect my life expectancy and the effectiveness of meeds? My t cell count originally was 12, cmv of the colon...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
In general, I agree with your doctor's comments and assessment. Importantly, you did get tested and are on meds and on the way up. It is hard to know how much of an increase you will see in your CD4 count, but I suspect high enough for you to... Read more »

pregnant and terrified hiv test taking too long

Dear DR Kull,I'm a 33 year old caucasian woman and am 11 weeks pregnant with my first child. My husband and I were estatic, but now I am absolutely terrified I am HIV positive. I took many blood tests including HIV 2 weeks ago and my doctors...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
First of all, I would encourage you to do your best to hold off on diagnosing yourself as being HIV infected. Unless you are at siginificant risk for infection (had unprotected sex with an HIV positive man or someone at high risk for infection)... Read more »

MSM RISK and how long to wait for hiv results...

Ive had two possible exposures back in september and october... The first incident included; me performing oral sex with a condom, me rimming the guy with no protection, mutual masterbation (one dick on top of the other), i stuck my fingure in his...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
What you are told was correct. Most people who are truly infected have antibodies by 4 weeks and certainly by 12 weeks.DW... Read more »

HIV testing, how long should you wait

how long should you wait after having unprotected sex to be tested for HIV?...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
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... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Australia: Rural Drug Users Wait Twice as Long Between HIV Tests

According to a new study from Australia's National Drug and Alcohol Research Center, rural intravenous drug injectors typically wait twice as long between HIV tests as city IDUs. In addition, they are much more likely to rely on other users for... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California: HIV/AIDS Hospitalization Rates Drop; New Findings Also Show Infected Latinos Wait Too Long to Seek Treatment

A state report released to coincide with World AIDS Day demonstrates through data the improvements in HIV/AIDS medical care. Though the number of people living with HIV/AIDS increased from 1988 to 2008, fewer patients were hospitalized with... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

The "Plan B" Question

On World AIDS Day, there were 6,595 people on ADAP waiting lists in 12 states. Four states are currently considering starting waiting lists, and 17 have instituted "other cost containment measures," including reduced formularies, medical criteria... Read more »
Housing Works

The Wait Is Over

Graham is no longer on a waiting list, but he's still waiting South Carolina's long, statewide nightmare is over. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SDHEC) announced last Friday that there is no longer a waiting... Read more »