How Long Does HIV Take To Show Up In A Blood Test?

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Human immunodeficiency virus has had a major impact in the human race. Many efforts have been geared towards its control and eradication and among them include understanding how it works.

The surest way of detecting HIV is through a blood test. The aim of taking this test is to detect the antibodies which react to the HIV infection and which are used to detect the presence of HIV in the human blood. There are varying individual differences in the duration taken by one individual to generate the antibodies as compared to another individual. This duration in which the individual may not show any signs of infection even through a test is referred to as the window period. At such a time, the body is generating antibodies used to detect whether or not an individual is infected. However, this duration should not be confused with the incubation period since the incubation period refers to the duration from actual contraction of the virus to when the symptoms of HIV first appear.

This may take years depending on an individual’s health status.

For accurate testing of HIV, it is strongly recommended that individual take two tests. The first at about 25 days to one month. In this duration, HIV Antibodies will have seroconverted giving a chance of 90% accuracy. A second test is advised upon for a sure confirmation, which should be taken one month after the first one. This offers a more accurate diagnosis as the seroconversion would be done giving a 95% and above accuracy. Through a blood test therefore, a span of 14 days seroconversion may be over but in some instances, it takes up to 12 weeks. This is what institutes the necessity of a second test.

A ribonucleic acid (RNA) test also offers a chance for earlier detection since it screens directly. It offers a chance of detection at a span of 9-11 days since it does not rely on the antibodies. It should be noted that the HIV tests only provide results for an individual’s status at that time only. In case of further exposure, one may need to undertake another test to ascertain their status after the exposure.
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Anonymous answered
Don't listen to whoever said it takes 10 years that is completely incorrect. The testing period is generally 3 months and maximum 6months, at 6 months the test is over 99% accurate results. MAYBE for AIDS to form it would be 10 years, but not for the HIV antibody test. Honestly, if anyone is scared about HIV, you should visit a doctor to be tested, although this is scary people really need to stop seeking medical help over the internet, talk to a DOCTOR, anyone on the internet can CLAIM to be a doctor or know something and give you completely incorrect information that will just scare you!
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It takes 6 months for HIV to show up. But I advise you guys to focus on positive thinking. Do not think about bad situation and be depressed. As you know virus HIV is the virus which devastate your immune system. The better you stay in your physical condition, the bigger chance for you to maintain your health. What happened was happened, just face it, and don't ruin your physical condition just because you are depressed about getting the disease. Be stronger.
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Is that what he is requesting to see him about? I'm not a doctor or a RN but I do work in the medical field. I am a CNA and my husband is a LPN. This that you speak of is almost impossible. How many times after the unloyalty and how long after was u checked? Hiv can take 3 months to show. Very rarly more then tht. The incubation period is usually 7 to 14 days. In rare cases it takes 3 months to show. So how long after he cheated was HE tested? Was it atleast 3 months?
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I had sex with an hiv plus woman and get tested negative 4 months after my exposure !
I'm still worried as some people said antibodies may take up to 6 months ! I called up some hiv help line advisors and 90 % of the answers I had is a test after 6 weeks and most of all 3 months is 100 % sure its negative !
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I just found out that my ex boyfriend had sex with someone who was hiv positive and I want to know what my chances are of catching it and he said he was tested 4 months ago and it was negitive and I was the only person he had been with for a year and a half I also was tested 6 months ago and I was negitive
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If I had sex with a girl 3 years ago and got checked results were good does that mean I'm all right
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When HIV enters the body of an individual then his/her body produce specific protein against HIV. These proteins are called antibodies. A person is said to be HIV positive if he has these antibodies in the blood. These antibodies can be detected within 6-12 weeks after transmission of HIV. Sometimes, it can take 6 months. Time between HIV transmission and development of antibodies is called window period. An infected person can transfer HIV during this period even his antibody test is negative. It is almost rare that HIV antibodies take longer than 6 months to develop. So, if you and your partner are free from HIV antibodies after 6 months then it means that you both are free from HIV provided new exposure to HIV during this period.
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Ellie Hoe answered
HIV becomes positive in the blood after 6-12 weeks of its transmission. Very rarely, it takes 6 months to become positive in tests. First symptoms of HIV appear after 4-6 weeks after transmission that disappear after few days. After this, HIV become dormant for many years depending upon your immunity and may develop in to AIDS after many years with an average of 10-12 years.
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I talked to a specialist about the testing because my kids dad is positive and now we have to go for testing every year for 10 years to make sure none of us have contracted hiv
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bala goel answered
Don't listen about 10years it takes  only 3-6 months for the antibodies detection in our blood
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Well I was doing some research on it, it takes 3-6 months are longer in some people. Depends on the person.
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Kass answered
Typically HIV will show up within three to six months of exposure, or sooner if you have . I don't know what the longest time is, because anything beyond a year would be very difficult to pinpoint if it is from a specific exposure (say three years ago) or a newer one (say four months ago).
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Man the only thing thats wrong with me is I got a kink I n my neck and a sore throat so is that common with a cold
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Yes, it can take up to 10 years for it to show up. That is unless they have come up with some type of testing that is better than what the text books taught us back in the '90's in college.

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