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How long does it take for the HIV antibodies to show up after initial exposure to the virus?

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Dr. Joan Sy
Family Medicine
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In brief: Up to 10months 4 AB+

Depending on the route and the amount of viral exposure may determine the amnt of time for ab dev.
Symptoms can start as early as 2-4wks, can be vague and flu like. If with high enough suspicion, docs may choose to treat you with antiviral therapy even prior to ab+. Hiv med is so ever changing that unfort infectious dz docs best source help. Only some primary docs can keep up w. Hiv med.

In brief: Up to 10months 4 AB+

Depending on the route and the amount of viral exposure may determine the amnt of time for ab dev.
Symptoms can start as early as 2-4wks, can be vague and flu like. If with high enough suspicion, docs may choose to treat you with antiviral therapy even prior to ab+. Hiv med is so ever changing that unfort infectious dz docs best source help. Only some primary docs can keep up w. Hiv med.
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Dr. Dennis Jerome
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: 2 to 8 weeks

There is a period of 2 weeks to 2 months when the test may be negative following an initial infection.

In brief: 2 to 8 weeks

There is a period of 2 weeks to 2 months when the test may be negative following an initial infection.
Dr. Dennis Jerome
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