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How long does it take to get results form an HIV test?

can you help me on this one please, I thought it was around the 3 month mark, but I just had a test 2 weeks ago now and the reults came through as negative already, ???? I thought it was longer than that to get the results, I was tested generally for other things, the usual STD also.

The girl I was with that has given me an STD from about 3 months ago now, yeah I know know I should have wore a condom, a little late for that now though, so does this mean that my blood that is negative on the HIV question will be ok, this goes to the person that said about 3 months etc

You probably don't have it.

But you have learned your lesson about condoms. LOL...

How did you enjoy getting that Q-tip shoved up your jolly roger?

they do them quick, well they do in a routine one due to pregnancy anyway!!!! if it came back negative why are you so worried?

The results from a given test may be back within 1-2 days (it doesn't take long to do the test). The question may be more accurately "how long does it take my body to turn positive for the HIV test if I am infected?" That is a tougher answer, because each immune system is different. It can be as little as 2 weeks, or as long as 9 months. In general, people will get tested upon exposure and then again in 6-9 months. If it's negative at 9 months, the odds are pretty good you are actually negative.

I think that you're confusing the time taken for an HIV test to show positive after exposure to the virus with the time taken to process the test results. There are certainly clinics that offer same day processing of tests. If you tested negative two weeks after taking a risk you could still be positive. However check out the link below.

About 6 months and then you may need regular checks because the hiv may not show up until later on, so therefore have a check up every 6 months for two years or so and if you are all clear your laughing

It takes around 3 months for the HIV to show up positive although your blood work now may be negative To be safe, get retested in about 3 months, and do not have unprotected sex in the meantime.

Are you asking how long it takes for the HIV virus to show up in the blood or how long it will take to get the test results back?

The average incubation time for HIV is 21 days. This is an AVERAGE...the time could be shorter or longer. There is no set varies from person to person. If a person has been exposed to HIV, they should be tested every 3 months for one year.

As for getting the test results back, that depends on the test and the facility. In most cases, the results of a serum test will be back in a few days. An oral HIV swab can give a result within a few minutes but that result...whether positive or negative...should be confirmed with a serum test. There is an HIV test that can be resulted within an hour. However, that is usually reserved for healthcare workers who have been exposed on the job and the testing is done on the source patient (that happened to me recently when I was stuck with a dirty needle).

Plan on getting tested again when you hit the 3 month mark. During this time period, do not have unprotected sex.


The results of an HIV test are usually ready within a two week period. If they are ready in a short time, you will have to recheck in a week or two. If your result shows negative, and if you have not engaged in any risky behaviour for the last 6 months, you are not currently infected with HIV. If you have had unprotected sex or shared needles or have other risk factors in the last 6 months, you should be tested again. You could still be HIV positive, and pass the HIV on to other people, even though your test is negative. A negative test does not mean that you are immune to HIV. Some people who have a negative test may be tempted to continue risk behaviours, believing "It can't happen to me." If you continue unsafe behaviour, you are still at risk.
If your test result shows positive, you are infected with the HIV virus. This does not necessarily mean that you have AIDS. A person with HIV is infected for life. He or she can pass the virus to others by having unprotected sex, or by sharing drug use needles or equipment. To protect yourself and others, you need to avoid doing these things. A woman who has HIV can pass it on to her unborn or breast feeding baby. Those carrying the HIV virus should not donate blood, plasma, semen, body organs, or other tissue. You should choose a doctor to monitor the progression of HIV in your body, because treating HIV disease is very complicated. There are choices to consider at every stage of the disease. It's best if you and your health care provider work together as a team. That makes it easier to choose and stick to your treatment plan. "Care provider" means a doctor, a physician's assistant, or a nurse practitioner. There are several issues you may want to consider in choosing an HIV care provider. You might decide to have them be your "regular doctor" for all of your health issues. You might use a different care provider for most health issues and use your HIV provider as a specialist. If your regular provider isn't an HIV specialist, be sure they regularly get expert advice on HIV issues.
and advise you on when it is appropriate to begin treatment. There are differing opinions about how early to begin treatment, but it's clearly much better to begin treatment long before symptoms of AIDS develop. The only way you can tell when to begin treatment is by having a doctor interpret additional tests. You may wish to change to a doctor that specializes in HIV care. If your HIV test is positive, your sexual partners and anyone with whom you have shared drug injection equipment may also be infected. They should be told they have been exposed to HIV and advised to seek HIV counselling and antibody testing. You can tell them yourself, work with your doctor, or ask for help from the local health department. Health departments do not reveal your name to sexual or drug-use partners, only the fact that they have been exposed to HIV.
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Hope this helps
matador 89

i don't have HIV test. maybe you can ask HIV people at this STD dating site for more info.

All I can say is I get tested every three months!! It usually takes about two weeks for the HIV results to come in; however, you can take the rapid test that only takes about twenty minutes. Either way, testing for HIV is painless and quick. It's better to know early than to wait too late!! Holla

Hello there,
I am confused as i don't know if your are confused about how quickly the actual HIV test was. Or if your have to wait 3 months for an accurate result?

I like you have done some stupid things in the past when it comes to protective sex, mainly due to alcohol. Even though this is no excuse, i should have known better and used protection! So I'm not going to lecture you! I just hope you have learnt your lesson just as i have!!

The actual blood test for HIV generally takes 2-7 days to process and for you to get your results. In some cases certain sexual health clinics provide 'rapid HIV' tests where you can have a test and get your results on the same day.

But HIV is more complex than other STD's, it is very smart! It can stay undetected in your blood for 3 months. So if you had unprotected sex with a girl who was HIV positive and you got tested the day after, a blood test would say negative! Even though you could have HIV.

The actual HIV test looks for antibodies in your blood! Most people produce these antibodies between 6-12 weeks. Therefore sexual health clinics recommend that you wait at least 3 months after your expected exposure to make sure that the result is accurate.

You have probably been searching for information online. There is a lot of literature out there that is unreliable! Some sites may even say that it takes 6 months for a HIV test to be accurate. This isn't correct, Hepititus C is the only STI that takes 6 months! If you are still worried a test at 6 months will always put your mind at rest!

I hope i have helped you, i am pleased your result came back negative! that is a really good sign! But i hope you got tested after 3 months since you had unprotected sex. If not you need to make sure you have a re-test, to double check!!

Wishing you lots of luck! I know how hard it is awaiting your results! I couldn't do anything for a whole week but search through internet sites! that didn't help!! But a person who has sex with someone who has HIV only actually has a 1 in 200 chance of getting the disease! These are extremely low odds but never the less there is still a chance! I just hope you, like me have learnt your lesson and will continue from now on to have safe sex!

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