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

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Nicolas Melgarejo
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree

In brief: Asymptomatic HIV

Hiv infection for the most part is asymptomatic.
A small percentage of individuals who are initially infected with HIV will develop acute retroviral syndrome ( a mononucleosis-like syndrome with fevers, rash, lymphadenopathy) while another percentage will develop some flu-like symptoms. Asymptomatic HIV is usually detected at a doctor's visit for other reasons (eg. While donating blood).

In brief: Asymptomatic HIV

Hiv infection for the most part is asymptomatic.
A small percentage of individuals who are initially infected with HIV will develop acute retroviral syndrome ( a mononucleosis-like syndrome with fevers, rash, lymphadenopathy) while another percentage will develop some flu-like symptoms. Asymptomatic HIV is usually detected at a doctor's visit for other reasons (eg. While donating blood).
Dr. Nicolas Melgarejo
Dr. Nicolas Melgarejo
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Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: If recently acquired

It is advisable to get retested if risk factors are present or to confirm negative antibody status.
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In brief: If recently acquired

It is advisable to get retested if risk factors are present or to confirm negative antibody status.
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Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
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Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

You can have HIV and have a false negative (wrongly negative) test.
There is also a "window period" between the initial infection and when the test will pick it up. Consult your doctor.

In brief: Yes

You can have HIV and have a false negative (wrongly negative) test.
There is also a "window period" between the initial infection and when the test will pick it up. Consult your doctor.
Dr. Stephen Berns
Dr. Stephen Berns
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Labs are reliable

The polymerase chain reaction assay almost always is positive within a few weeks of acquiring the infection, before the antibody test.
Based on your history of risk, your physician will know which assay to order.

In brief: Labs are reliable

The polymerase chain reaction assay almost always is positive within a few weeks of acquiring the infection, before the antibody test.
Based on your history of risk, your physician will know which assay to order.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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