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If I have HIV can I be tested and still not see it?

If I have HIV can I be tested and still not see it?

Window period: If a person has been recently infected and has not had time to make antibodies to the virus, one may test negative by the usual screening tests that look for antibodies to the virus. If you believe that you have been exposed to HIV and test negative, it would be advisable to get tested again after about six weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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9 months after exposure I tested negative for hiv. Am I ok or is there still a chance I caught it?

Very slim: A handful of persons have been documented as converting from negative to positive 12 months after an occupational (non-sexual) exposure to hiv. Most individuals who become infected will have a positive test by three months after the exposure, many even sooner. ...Read more

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Home HIV test tested negative after two months. Should I still be worried?

Home HIV test tested negative after two months. Should I still be worried?

Yes. Let me explain.: It's very unlikely that you are HIV positive. You should be "worried" but in a good way. You're almost a grown man now. You gave and received love and I hope this is something you'll always treasure even if it wasn't perfect. Let the fear that this encounter generated lead you to be a more thoughtful, discerning, and careful lover. Do right by yourself and the people who will be special. ...Read more

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After 8 months and tested negative in hiv-1 test is there a possibility that i'm still risk of having hiv?

After 8 months and tested negative in hiv-1 test is there a possibility that i'm still risk of having hiv?

Very slim: A handful of persons have been documented as converting from negative to positive 12 months after an occupational (non-sexual) exposure to hiv. Most individuals who become infected will have a positive test by three months after the exposure, many even sooner. ...Read more

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Tested for HIV after 1 month and came out negative. Still showing HIV symptoms--- should I get tested again?

You could, but...: People who tell me they have "symptoms of hiv" rarely have hiv. If your test was a month after your last exposure, you can certainly get retested. But a test at one month is highly sensitive. ...Read more

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Can someone that tested negative on a HIV test still pass it to their partner? If later they test positive...

No protection? Yes!: The viability of the virus may be less established if the partner's infection was too new to show, but less is not none. You certainly should also be tested by a reputable clinic and avoid unprotected sex in almost any situation. Hiv & other stds are very serious! i imagine you drive, so i'll make this road safety comparison: use turn signals by habit, don't decide if it's necessary - it is! ...Read more

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I have tested thrice for HIV and all the three times it was negative, do I still have a chance of getting infected?

I have tested thrice for HIV and all the three times it was negative, do I still have a chance of getting infected?

All are susceptible: We all have risk of getting infected with HIV if we get exposed to the virus. Having three negative tests does not state anything about your susceptibility to infection with hiv. Avoid high risk activities. Please consult this site to learn about transmission of hiv. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html. ...Read more

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I heard HIV can live in people for years unnoticed. If I get tested 6 months after sex, would it still be unnoticed or do I have to wait years later?

HIV test: HIV window period (time between catching the virus & still being negative) can be from 9 days up to 6 months, depending on the test being used. If there is high-risk exposure, ask your doctor about PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis). I recommend talking to your doctor for the testing. ...Read more

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I have tested negative for HIV for a year and 3month's and no sexual activity while testing am I in the clear or do I still need to test? Help please!

I have tested negative for HIV for a year and 3month's and no sexual activity while testing am I in the clear or do I still need to test? Help please!

Not sure: Why do you keep testing for HIV? Is it because you think you might have contracted the infection or because your physician keeps recommending it because of your symptoms? Either way it is highly unlikely to have the infection if you did not have any unprotected sexual activity. ...Read more

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I had given oral to Girl about 3 years ago and never got tested In till now. my results came back non reactive should i still worry about catching hiv?

I had given oral to Girl about 3 years ago and never got tested In till now. my results came back non reactive should i still worry about catching hiv?

Oral sex: You can stop worring about HIV infection from the sex 3 years ago. You should however always practice safe sex from now on. ...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