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How long does it take to detect AIDS/HIV?

how long does it take for doctors to find out if you are hiv positive?

According to most doctors, 6 months.
According to /AIDS hotline, 3 months.

Usually by 3 months, a person would have produced antibodies for HIV, and very rare among those who would take 6 months.

Brit is right.

The window period is 3 months (or less) in over 99.5% of people. 75% of people only take up to 17 days after being infected to test positive. By 2 months over 95% of people seroconvert/create antibodies.

In very rare cases it can take up to 6 months to seroconvert. In these cases it is almost always due to a pre-existing immune system issue (cancer treatment, organ donor recipient, etc.

Some places worried about liability and such may prefer another HIV test at 1 year (ie. occupational exposures) but it is not necessary.

There's a window of activity of the virus, usually it takes from 3 to 6 months, usually we recommend that after sexual intercourse that may have been risky take a test in 3 months and than another after 6 months, that way you should be 100% sure. Test such as ELISA or WESTERN BLOT are the most efective to determine the presence of HIV. There are also rapid HIV tests that are not as efective as ELISA or WESTERN BLOT

It does not take 3 months..If it took 3 months the window period would be like 6 months..Most people develop the antibodies WITHIN 3 months..They test you at 3 months and if it's negative your almost 100% certain you don't have it but almost everyone tests positive within the 1st month or two according to the cdc website and they are pretty damn reliable

The longest the CDC says anyone has lived with HIV and not known it while being tested often was 1 year. Some strains of the virus can take longer to show up, but most likely the antibodies will be in your blood by 6 months.

It usually takes 3-4 months for the antibodies to show up in a test, but in VERY RARE cases, it can take up to 6 months for them to show up.

There are some strains that cannot be detected for several years. These are unusual, but do occur. You might wish to be tested every few months.

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