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how long does it take for hiv to show up in your blood

A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rosenthal
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Depends on the test: The older third generation HIV screening test did not show HIV for 2 to 8 weeks (average 25 days). The fourth generation tests which were just approv ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience Infectious Disease
Varies: A pcr test (polymerase chain reaction) can detect hiv, technically speaking, within 24-48 hours after infection. Other forms relay on antibodies to b ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claude Parola
39 years experience Internal Medicine
Depend when infected: Someone with an acute HIV infection may not show HIV antibody in the blood when tested; however a viral load count and p24 antigen test may detect th ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Jan
Dr. M. Jan answered
65 years experience Family Medicine
No set period: All HIV positive do not develop aids. Hiv test usually become positive about 6 months after contact. Blood test can determine both aids and hiv.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jane Eason
32 years experience Infectious Disease
Syphilis: Signs/symptoms of Syphilis may occur anytime from 3-90 days after exposure, though usually around 3 weeks. The blood test will likely be positive in ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
14 years experience Pediatric Infectious Disease
It depends: Many people have a skin infection or even just colonization with MRSA and it never reaches their bloodstream. Some can have a simple skin infection an ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marvin Ott
19 years experience Emergency Medicine
Never: Unless you are a neonate or in your 90's, it is extremely unlikely that you will get systemic herpes. It will love in your nerve cells forever, though ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Seely
30 years experience General Practice
<2 weeks: It usually take1-2 weeks for a healthy immune system to produce IgM anti-bodies to a viral infection. There are 2 types of herpes simplex 1 and 2, so ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
None: If i understand it correctly, the question is when a baby can be diagnosed with HIV infection. So, it is assumed that the baby acquires it from his mo ... Read More
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Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes,probably: It takes45-60 mins. to enter your bloodstream and show up in appreciable level.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
44 years experience Travel Medicine
Varies: It depends on whether you ate them with fatty food (absorption slowed down) or just by themselves and in what quantity. Earliest it would show up in y ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Drug Testing: Yes. of course it will show up rapidly after you ingest it. It dissolves in the stomach within 30 minutes.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
HPV: Unless you get warts this is a difficult question to answer. If you get one of the dangerous strains of hpv it can take some years to show on your pap ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Symptoms?: Chlamydia sxs (if you have them) usually occur 1 to 3 weeks after exposure. Because chlamydia is a silent std - so it might not be apparent.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hanna
34 years experience Family Medicine
7-10 days and longer: Usually within 7-10 days following exposure to genital herpes a clinical response will occcure. Human papilloma virus or genital warts can take quite ... Read More
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Dr. Panagiota Korenis
12 years experience Psychiatry
3-4 days: Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine used to help with anxiety symptoms. A one time dose of 3mg should be out of your system after 3- 4 days. If you are a ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Early antibodies: Igm is the first antibody to appear and signals an acute infections is present, igm is typically detected within 1-2 weeks after the onset of most inf ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Done the same day: Most routine tests are done by the lab within a few hours, usually less than four, of receiving the specimen. The results are communicated to the ord ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Up to a week: John, please put the meth down. If you're clever enough to have found healthtap, you've got plenty on the ball. When a meth-head comes onto my autopsy ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Usually same day: The cms panel of hepatitis tests is routinely done within a couple of hours of the specimen reaching the laboratory. Even if the tests are batched, t ... Read More

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