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An_250003 posted:
I was diagnosed with Chlamydia. I got tested for everything to be safe and everything else came back negative. I am worried that the HIV test was done too soon and may have not shown up simply because it was detectable yet. what is the time frame between exposure and diagnoses? blood was drawn and sent to a lab.
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georgiagail responded:
Unlikely testing for Chlamydia (which checks for the presence of the actual bacterial agent), screening for HIV involves checking for antibodies the immune system begins to produce after transmission has taken place.

The recommended time period for testing is 3 months after a potential exposure. By then 99.9 percent of newly infected folks will have enough antibodies present to be picked up by current testing methods.

However, by 1 month post exposure, over 95 percent of newly infected folks will show a positive test result. Thus, often those who cannot wait until three months will test at one month, then repeat the test at three months.

How long after your potential exposure were you tested?

Gail


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