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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

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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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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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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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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

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

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Can stress/depression or any medication somehow delay HIV seroconversion?

Not known: Only antiretrovirals are known to prevent HIV infection. If your question is about seroconversion per se, i.e. The development of antibodies in the presence of infection, I am not aware of anything that does that. ...Read more

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What is considered a "chronic HIV infection"? Is that what is it is referred to after the "window peroid/seroconversion"?

What is considered a "chronic HIV infection"? Is that what is it is referred to after the "window peroid/seroconversion"?

Yes: Yes, you are right. Chronic HIV infection is what it is called after the acute infection. Hiv is a chronic disease, meaning the virus remains in the body, although at very low levels with the proper medication. ...Read more

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What r the skin condition during seroconversion? Describe the HIV rash in Africa american men? Is it posible for HIV symptoms to be on going for 9months

HIV: Your question is very unclear. Acute HIV syndrome has numerous manifestations and can have varying durations of presence. If you think you have been exposed go and be tested asap. The sooner you are diagnosed and treated if necessary the better. Good luck. ...Read more

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Negative blood test for hiv. Possible that it hit window of seroconversion. How often do you see false negatives after 1-2 months?

Never in my career: False negative HIV means there is infection but the antibody test is negative. The situations where this occurs have to do with the timing of the test or continued risky behavior where a person is infected within days after the test. The home kits that use oral fluid are false negative 1 out of 12, according to cdc website on HIV testing. The blood test done at the right time is very accurate. ...Read more

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Is there really anything that can delay seroconversion of HIV and other STDs? When would a result be conclusive and not require more testing?

Depends: A nucleic acid test for HIV would be conclusive, if negative at 10-12 weeks after exposure. Fourth generation tests, if negative by 10-12 weeks are also nearly as good. Antibody tests may take 6-12 months to be conclusive. ...Read more

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Is it true Oral Candida can only occur on late stages of HIV or with a low CD4 count and not in the seroconversion state? I am 7 weeks HIV negative

Is it true Oral Candida can only occur on late stages of HIV or with a low CD4 count and not in the seroconversion state? I am 7 weeks HIV negative

Candida & Immunity: Normal people often have oral candida, not just immune-deficient people. Usually there are reasons why something has affected the surface immunity in the mouth, but we can't always say that. Examples: antibiotics for any infection, use of asthma inhalers containing corticosteroids, use of prednisone or other oral steroids for any illness, injections of steroids, having uncontrolled diabetes. ...Read more

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Do symptoms of HIV seroconversion last more than 6 weeks? I am experiencing mild fever+one swollen lymph node after 6w of low risk exposure.

HIV exposure: Immediately present to a local facility for prompt diagnosis and possible intervention, notify all partners and be abstinent until further data available; is a bare minimum use effective barrier methods ...Read more

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Is fever always accompanied by lethargy/weakness? Or a nauseatic feeling? Does the same go with HIV seroconversion fever? I don't feel lethargic at all

Symptom complex: There are such a variety of different infections out there, and God made each of us differently - so each case of illness is really individualized. How a patient feels each symptom, how their body is 'fighting' the infection etc. I think what you're asking are the symptoms of acute HIV infection - which unfortunately can go 'unrecognized' about half of the time. Good to get checked if in any doubt ...Read more

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Can the "Rash phase" in HIV seroconversion cause forehead acne without having any other rash on other parts? Low risk + other symptoms

Can the "Rash phase" in HIV seroconversion cause forehead acne without having any other rash on other parts? Low risk + other symptoms

Get tested: As I stated earlier, symptoms of HIV are too variable to be relied on for diagnosis. HIV does not cause acne, however, if you have any doubt, get tested. ...Read more

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Can headache due to HIV seroconversion last for over 5months? Tested neg but still has body aches, dry skin, 4 smal rash on back. Cud it still be hiv

Can headache due to HIV seroconversion last for over 5months? Tested neg but still has body aches, dry skin, 4 smal rash on back. Cud it still be hiv

NOT HIV: Nope. Not at all. Who is providing you health care? There are a thousand other more common things than hiv. The symptoms you report do not in any way sound like an HIV infection. ...Read more

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Is there any indication of HIV seroconversion in the CBC? I tested negative after 8 weeks of exposure. But can be window period. Wbc count is in range

CBC not reliable: HIV Seroconversion cannot be predicted by changes in the CBC (complete blood count). Any abnormal CBC results are not specific to HIV; they can occur with most other types of viral infections. ...Read more

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Had Hep A when small. Would that delay seroconversion? Negative 4gen and PCR HIV at 5 months, including Hep B, and C and other STDs. No more testing?

Had Hep A when small. Would that delay seroconversion? Negative 4gen and PCR HIV at 5 months, including Hep B, and C and other STDs. No more testing?

No need for more: Having hepatitis A as a child will not affect the test results you had done. If HIV and hepatitis test are negative by PCR at five months after exposure, there is no need to test more. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I had a bad sore throat (i.E. Trouble swallowing most food) between mar 3 and mar 12. Could this be indicative of HIV seroconversion?

I had a bad sore throat (i.E. Trouble swallowing most food) between mar 3 and mar 12. Could this be indicative of HIV seroconversion?

HIV DNA by PCR: When hospital workers are stuck with needles contaminated by HIV positive patients, they get a blood test called HIV dna by pcr which can tell if you have been infected within the last week. Antibody tests take up to 6 months to turn positive after HIV exposure. The HIV dna by pcr test is available at stdtestexpress. Com. ...Read more

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Does seroconversion HIV present itself w mucus/post nasal drip, body aches for about 2 weeks? I had vaginal unprotected sex w former GF on January 25. She said she was STD free. She was w 2 others w/o protection and said she was neg. I'll get tested

Probably not HIV: Acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) doesn't normally cause nasal congestion or drip. Sounds like you had a cold, and it also sounds like your partner is at low risk for having HIV. But of course you should be tested to be sure. You can expect a negative result. Also get tested for other common STDs (gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis), which are far more likely than HIV in this situation. ...Read more

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Fever, night sweats, headache, chills, (lasted 1 week), However, no rash/no sore throat/ no cough/no lymph nodes up. Could it be HIV seroconversion?

Fever, night sweats, headache, chills, (lasted 1 week), However, no rash/no sore throat/ no cough/no lymph nodes up. Could it be HIV seroconversion?

Please Clarify: Yes. Of course. But you have not shared any valid timeline to this question on which to be more specific. HIV seroconversion would not have any respiratory symptoms such as cough. But, there can be a lot of reasons for a viral illness, not just HIV. I need more information. ...Read more

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Can seroconversion rash last long time?

Can seroconversion rash last long time?

What kind?: What was the conversion about? You need to provide the exact test performed and describe the appearance and location of the rash. ...Read more

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If I have a seroconversion rash will I test positive?

If I have a seroconversion rash will I test positive?

Yes: Seroconversion means that you are tested positive for whatever agent the test is intended. ...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