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

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

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. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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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 take to show up on a blood donor test?

How long does HIV take to show up on a blood donor test?

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 the virus. Normally the HIV antibody will be positive by sixth week after an infection. ...Read more

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How long does it take for HIV to turn into full aids? And how long does it take to identify HIV and can blood test detect them both?

How long does it take for HIV to turn into full aids? And how long does it take to identify HIV and can blood test detect them both?

Blood test: Hiv disease and aids are considering same disease cause by HIV virus. It can be diagnose with blood test. Aids is advanced disease where certain infection, malignancy and lab criteria make the diagnosis of aids. Treatment is essential for both stage. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...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 a 4th generation hiv blood test be accurate if I take one today at exactly 33 days? Or should I wait longer?

Would a 4th generation hiv blood test be accurate if I take one today at exactly 33 days? Or should I wait longer?

Depends: You may wish to wait to 6 months after exposure to avoid false negative from testing too early. It would be better to get a HIV nucleic acid test at 6 months after exposure.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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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How long it's take to get HIV blood test result?

How long it's take to get HIV blood test result?

Varies: Results from antibody tests sent to a laboratory usually take one to three days to return. If the test is positive, results may be delayed while the laboratory does a Western blot to be sure that HIV antibody is present. Western blot tests take only one day to perform, but some laboratories may not run the test every day. Results from rapid tests done in the doctor's office can be 15-20 minutes. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a blood test to start detecting a possible HIV infection?

How long is it supposed to it take for a blood test to start detecting a possible HIV infection?

At least 4 weeks: Modern elisa tests are considered accurate at about 4 weeks, but testing protocols usually check at 3 months as well, just to be safe (with prophylaxis, there is another check at 6 months). ...Read more

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Would it show hiv in any blood test?

Would it show hiv in any blood test?

No: If I understand your question HIV is not diagnosed by routine blood tests. You must have blood tests specifically designed to test for HIV. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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If I got a regular blood test would it show at all if I had HIV or at least hint at it?

If I got a regular blood test would it show at all if I had HIV or at least hint at it?

A hint only: Regular blood test or blood cell count will show if the number of your white blood cells, especially the lymphocytes, is abnormal. These are the cells first affected by HIV. that is only a hint but certainly not specific. If concerned, you need a specific test for HIV ...Read more

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Can you tell me if someone had HIV and had a blood test, would the blood test show something was wrong which would mean further tests needed to be done?

Can you tell me if someone had HIV and had a blood test, would the blood test show something was wrong which would mean further tests needed to be done?

CD4 and viral load: People with HIV are monitored for severity of disease by testing for CD 4 cell count and HIV viral load. If CD 4 is low or viral load is high, that would prompt additional testing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if someone had HIV and had a blood test, would the blood test show something was wrong which would mean further tests needed to be done?

Can you tell me what you suggest if someone had HIV and had a blood test, would the blood test show something was wrong which would mean further tests needed to be done?

It depends on: The type of blood test. If it was not an HIV test, or a test assessing an HIV-related complication, it may not necessarily turn out abnormal. ...Read more

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I took a blood test 35 days after possible hiv exposure it was negative. I then took an oraquick at 70 days and it was negative. Should I take another?

I took a blood test 35 days after possible hiv exposure it was negative. I then took an oraquick at 70 days and it was negative. Should I take another?

Yes.: Recommended intervals are 3 and 6 months, for most docs. Some (like me) also suggest doing it again at 12 months. All these recommendations are invalid if you or your partner (s) continue to engage in unsafe sex. So don't! Why be as worried again? ...Read more

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Can a ER blood test show infection of hiv?

Yes, but: One can certainly take blood in an er and send it for HIV testing, but usually there are no rapid tests done to give you the answer while you wait. So if that's what you were asking, then no. ...Read more

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Can marajuana show up on a blood test for hiv?

Can marajuana show up on a blood test for hiv?

Typically not: Blood testing is usually focused on what the ordering provider is looking for period. If the test is ordered for HIV, the specimen will only be tested for HIV. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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

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

Yes: Yes, at any stage of HIV diagnosis is possible through blood test. ...Read more

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Is a HIV negative blood test (antibody test) after 6 month from exposure conclusive? Or should I take another one.

Is a HIV negative blood test (antibody test) after 6 month from exposure conclusive? Or should I take another one.

Relax, Don: It's unlikely that your HIV screen would be negative six months after your risky event. You're welcome to repeat in a year or pay a big charge for PCR (which would be absolutely definitive). I suggest you just get on with your life, having learned from your adventure and hopefully loving both more wisely and more meaningfullly. We all make mistakes, little brother. Here's to a happy future. ...Read more

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If I had HIV when I had a blood test for appendicitis would it show up?

If I had HIV when I had a blood test for appendicitis would it show up?

Only: If a specific blood test was ordered to check for hiv. That test is not always performed for every patient having surgery, especially since your surgery for appendicitis was urgently needed. ...Read more

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Doc my 10 week HIV blood test show negative and it enough accurate? Should I retest or get back my life?

Doc my 10 week HIV blood test show negative and it enough accurate? Should I retest or get back my life?

HIV Testing: Not yet. If you just had the routine HIV antibody test this needs to be twelve to 24 weeks from the exposure to be sure.

But, the new HIV viral testing using dna is accurate from 21 days ago. If you have a high risk exposure you need to get this better test.

And, in the future please know that if there is any high risk exposure then HIV infection can be prevented with post exposure prophylaxis. ...Read more

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I've had 6 HIV tests 2 blood test 4 oral swab all negative incident happened in 2003 would I still have detectable antibodies after that long.?

You're asked before: And the answer is still the same. If you test negative and your last possible exposure was 2003, you do not have HIV. If you are obsessed with this idea, please talk with someone who can help you get your mind back on track where it should be. ...Read more

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Should I take a HIV blood test after two negative oraquick at home test? It been almost 2 years since my risk event and also 4 months past my second

Should I take a HIV blood test after two negative oraquick at home test? It been almost 2 years since my risk event and also 4 months past my second

Yes: The chance of your being infected is extremely small, but this is still troubling you. You won't be at ease until you get a nucleic acid test. Wishing you a bright future, and that you'll love wisely and well. ...Read more

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After you take a blood test for HIV and test negative will they call you or if you test positive will they call you?

After you take a blood test for HIV and test negative will they call you or if you test positive will they call you?

In general: It is the obligation of the ordering clinic to provide you your HIV test results, regardless of being positive or negative. Be proactive if you have not heard from them and call yourself! ...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