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How much time does a hiv virus take to show up in the blood test and is it recommended to have hiv test after every 6 months ?

hi, gud morning. my Q. is how much time it takes to show up hiv virus in hiv blood antibody test. and is it recommended to have hiv test even at 6 month mark. tnks n waiting for ur valuable ans.
Asked On : Wed, 17 Aug 2011
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
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After exposure it would usually take 4 months as Window period. You have to get an antibody test immediately after the exposure and again after 4 months if negative, to confirm you do not have HIV. Be careful. Use Universal Barrier Precautions to avoid possible transmission of HIV.
Answered: Wed, 17 Aug 2011
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Dermatologist Dr. Bharat Chawda's  Response
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yes it is important to get the test done at 6th month too since at times it take 6 months for antibodies to develop.The window period is 3-6 months.
Kindly refer to this web page for reference.

Dr.Bharat chawda

Answered: Fri, 19 Aug 2011
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