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How Soon After Contracting Hiv Will A Test Show Positive

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

What to Do If the Test Is Positive

Keeping Yourself and Others Healthy Emotional Support Medical Care Healthy Habits The results of the HIV test are back -- and you're HIV-positive. What should you do? There are many things that you can do to stay healthy. Keeping Yourself and Others Healthy Below are some ideas to help keep you healthy. However, it is also important to consider the health of others when you know you are HIV-positive. To do that, it is important...
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Time between contraction and positive test results

How much time will pass between contraction of H.I.V. and receiving a positive test? Or, if I conducted in high risk behavior, how long should I wait before I get tested?...
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
Antibody tests are usually positive within 4-12 weeks after exposure.MH... Read more »

Afraid of Contracting HIV from My Positive Partner

My partner has recently been diagnosed with HIV. I love him a great deal and we've always been safe. Recently I've given a lot of thought to my own status but can't come to grips with getting tested. I am scared to death. As a...
Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Response from Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Columbia University
You are not alone in fearing HIV from a positive partner, and in my experience (and as you can see from questions in this forum) the HIV+ person usually fears this just as much - sometimes more. After getting all of the basic information about... Read more »

Afraid of Contracting HIV from my Positive Partner

My partner has recently been diagnosed with HIV. I love him a great deal and we've always been safe. Recently I've given a lot of thought to my own status but can't come to grips with getting tested. I am scared to death. As a...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
If you have been practicing safe sex, then you need not be so frightened. Everyday contact from living under the same roof is not associated with a risk of HIV infection.However, your concerns are understandable. You need to get past these fears if... Read more »

How can someone contract HIV? (HIV TRANSMISSION BETWEEN TWO HIV NEGATIVES, 2008)

How can someone contract HIV? I mean if you have sex with multiple HIV negative people, can you contract it? I dont understand. Can someone get it by having unprotected sex with multiple HIV negative people? I dont understand....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I absolutely agree: You certainly don't understand! Can you contract HIV from having sex with multiple negative people? No, of course not. HIV is a sexually transmitted disease in which an HIV-infected person can transmit the virus to an... Read more »
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Contracting HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Recently my husband found out he is HIV+. At this time I am HIV - but I have only had one test and no viral load test done. We know he was negative in the beginning of last year and now he ha HIV. When I asked him about how he got this he told me... Read more »

Likelihood of contracting HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
7 weeks ago I made the stupid mistake of having unprotected sex with this girl, a one-night stand. I was having [vaginal] intercourse with the girl for maybe 10 minutes at most, when I felt like I was about to ejaculate, so I pulled out (I wasn't... Read more »

I need help. Is it possible to contract pneumonia

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Lately, for past month I have had random spells where I just dont feel well. Most recently I have started coughing.(last 2 days.) 2 days before the coughing started I had a constant headache for two days. I know my body because I do not get sick... Read more »

Possible Positive HIV Test

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
This past week I went in for my annual blood HIV testing because my spouse has HIV. My initial HIV test this week returned with an abnormal result which inspired that lab to test with the additional Western Blot exam. This too returned... Read more »