HIV is one of the most feared infections because there is currently no way to entirely rid the body of the virus. As a result, people who fear they may have been infected want to know how long the virus can hide in the body before showing up in a blood test.
In this article, following a CDC publication, we will examine the time period between the initial symptoms of HIV infection and the time when the virus may be detected in the blood. Relax and take in this article while you get some valuable knowledge.
How Long Does it Take Before HIV can Be Detected Via Blood Tests?
One of the most frequent ways to determine HIV infection is by an antigen/antibody lab test, which checks to see if the body has begun creating antibodies that fight HIV. This is a common indicator that a person is infected with the virus, and the test can pick up the virus in the blood anywhere from 18 to 45 days after exposure.
The nucleic acid test, also known as NAT, can detect the virus in the blood anywhere from 10 to 33 days after exposure. But, if you have a negative test result 3 months after exposure and no subsequent exposures occur, the likelihood that you have the virus is low. What you need know and take seriously is that getting to the hospital quickly to find out how serious your condition is is crucial, regardless of whether or not you are experiencing any symptoms.
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