Is 9 weeks long enough to detect hiv in the bloodstream from a STD test?

by Rachel on November 4, 2010

I just recently had a STD test from an encounter with an ex-g/f from early november, approx 9 weeks…I got the results back and was negative on everything including hiv. Is this enough time to detect hiv or did I get the std test too soon?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Dee November 4, 2010 at 8:02 am

Dude its waaaay to soon, at least wait 5 months, the appropriate is actually 6 months, 2 months isnt enuff time.

JoJo November 4, 2010 at 8:14 am

Too soon, It can take up to a year for HIV to show. 6 months is the accepted wait time.

weim lover November 4, 2010 at 8:17 am

Tell everyone to shup up! No one has ever tested negative at 10 weeks…even 8 weeks…and then positive, unless newly exposed. The six month mark is WAY WAY WAY too conservative. A doctor will tell you it’s conclusive at three months…even at two the likelihood is like 95% that you are testing with an accurate response.

The only reason are people with really messed up immune systems.

You are perfectly healthy..good job!

LINDA R November 4, 2010 at 9:14 am

More than 98% of people who have HIV would test postive within 3 months after getting infected. In rare cases, it can take up to 6 months for someone to test positive. Testing 3 months after possible exposure is recommended, followed by retesting 6 months after possible exposure.
It would not take a year for HIV to show up on testing.

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