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How long does HIV seroconversion take?

How long does HIV seroconversion take?

Varies with person: Generally 2 weeks to 3 months, but there have been reports of people having delayed seroconversion. There are many doctors who think most of these people had more recent reexposures rather than delayed responses, but hard to always document clearly. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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What is the longest seroconversion for hiv? Does having 3 negative results through rapid test 1yr, 2yrs and 3yrs after last sex conclusive? Thanks!

What is the longest seroconversion for hiv? Does having 3 negative results through rapid test 1yr, 2yrs and 3yrs after last sex conclusive? Thanks!

Misinformed?: You do not have hiv. You must stop wondering. Unless you have a new exposure you are not HIV positive. You can stop testing! please go live in gratitude and do not waste one more second of worry on this. ...Read more

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What does a nonreactive/neg HIV 1/2 AG/AB 4th GEN/RFL mean? Why does it say it does not exclude HIV and that seroconversion is variable?

For the lawyers: Nobody knows how often the new HIV tests turn positive "late" because nobody really knows who's done what other risky stuff and not told about it. I'd accept negative / nonreactive results if the usual time frame for the test has lapsed, be thankful for good health, love safely from now on, and share the memory of whatever happened as something to be treasured. ...Read more

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How long does HIV seroconversion usually take? When does one test positive for HIV with blood test?

How long does HIV seroconversion usually take? When does one test positive for HIV with blood test?

Different tests: There are several tests. "Seroconversion" usually means development of antibody that can be detected in blood tests. The standard, modern HIV antibody tests usually are positive within 4 weeks and virtually always by 6-8 weeks. HIV p24 antigen or DNA usually can be detected within 10-20 days after infection. The best single blood test is for both p24 and antibody. It is conclusive by 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Would it be possible for HIV seroconversion to start now? It's been two years since exposure and my neck hurts on sides when i touch them or turn head

Unclear question: When were you last tested for hiv? It can take up to a year for antibody tests to turn positive. If you have any doubt, please see your doctor and get tested. Do not delay testing because you may be afraid. Early treatment is better for controlling the infection. ...Read more

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Can an HIV test detect the virus if an individual just recently experienced seroconversion?

HIV test: The HIV test to which you seem to be referring measures antibody response to the virus. You can also estimate the numbers of virus per unit volume of blood by determining the amount of viral nucleic acid in a specimen using PCR techniques. Seroconversion means that the individual has changed from antibody negative to positive. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more


Seroconversion (Definition)

This normally refers to be positive to a test. This happens when the host have low amount of antibodies in serum and test is initially negative then they became positive due to the increased immunity ...Read more