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What's The Accurate Window Period To Find Out If You Hiv

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How accurate is 6 months window period and assurance that the result with out sex after six month exposure is truly NEGATIVE?

Hi Doctors,Good day to all!I'm really glad i found this site. I am sleepless now at the moment while i'm writing this i got so confused and worried. My friend attended at HIV Seminar today. She learned in the seminar and told me that after...
Shannon Southall

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HiThe testing guidelines for HIV are now to be initially tested at 3 weeks post exposure and then again at 90 days. As long as there are no other exposures happened during this time frame than the results are conclusive. With the sensitivity of... Read more »

is western blot test accurate in window period??

Hi doctor...I'm not english user, so I wonder if you can read my question.Sorry my poor... Read more »

3 month Window Period or Six Month Window Period (WINDOW PERIOD, 6 WEEKS v 3MONTHS v 6 MONTHS)

Dr. Bob,Thank you for not only responding to me but for responding to all of us with concerns.... Read more »
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Testing in the window period?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I am getting ready to take my first HIV test next week. It will be 8 weeks since my exposure. I have heard that the window period is 3 months, but I can't wait any longer...the anxiety and stress is getting me and I can't hold out any longer. My... Read more »

Facts. Window Period

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
How Do I Know If I Have HIV?


The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get an HIV test.

If you are at risk of HIV, you should have an HIV test every six months. You should also reduce your risk (see the section on Prevention).

Soon after... Read more »

Canada's window period?

Posted by Anonymous
I read that in Canada, the window period is 6 weeks to 2 months. Is this true? Do they use the same Elsa tests as we have here or do they use another type test that picks up HIV earlier and faster and more accurately? Why doesnt the USA use this... Read more »

the window period

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
please can someone define for me the window period. I had a sexual exposure and I had a test at 5 month and it was negative. It was an anonymous test. The nurse told me that this is enough, because an HIV test are required at 3 month. When I... Read more »