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Afghanistan
A 28-year-old female asked:

Do it take hiv years to show up on a blood test?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Amar Ashraf
Specializes in Infectious Disease
No: Blood test for HIV antibody (commonly known as HIV test) usually positive by 4 weeks of infection, few cases may take about 3 months . Special test like HIV RNA ( known as HIV viral load) can be positive in few days after infection.

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Moulton, TX
A 25-year-old female asked:

How long does it take for HIV to show up in blood test?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Rosenthal
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
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 approved in the usa this year can detect HIV in 11 days to 1month after infection.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What do you think, could HIV show up in a regular blood test?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
No.: If you mean a complete blood count (CBC) as a 'regular blood test', then HIV would not be diagnosed. In order to confirm a diagnosis of HIV infection, a specific test would need to be ordered and performed. Hope that this helps.
Chicago, IL
A male asked:

So if I get a regular blood test does hiv show up in that test ?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: A grown-up does well to be tested yearly for HIV. Routine bloodwork doesn't include an HIV assay, and consent is always required. Best wishes.
Moulton, TX
A 25-year-old female asked:

If you are in stage 3 of HIV is it going to show up in blood test?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: Your CD4 cells will be definition be below 200 and you will have the HIV virus and almost certainly the antibody in your blood. This is not subtle. If you are infected, please get treated now before something is damaged irreversibly. If you are obsessively worrying, get checked and know one way or the other.
United Kingdom
A 18-year-old female asked:

Could you have HIV and it never show up on a test? Like HIV elite controllers, how do they know they have it if it doesn't show on a blood test

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Celia Dominguez
Fertility Medicine 34 years experience
Rare : Hiv test are pretty good but if any concern one can do a viral count and see if the virus is present

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