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How long does it take for HIV/AIDS to show up in your blood stream?

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replied June 4th, 2012
HIV and AIDS Answer A35676
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Ideally a HIV antibody test should be done within a month of exposure. Almost everyone who is infected will have a positive antibody test within 3 months. Hence it should be repeated after 3 months. Last test should be done at 6 months for slow antibody developers. If this is negative HIV is ruled out. Hope this helps. Take care!

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