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Question by  deezie757 (-4)

Have I had enough tests to verify that I don't have AIDS?

I had an HIV RNA PCR qualitative at day 24, an HIV RNA real-time PCR at day 31, and an antibody test at 58days.


Answer by  Hewitt302 (1720)

Yes, if you get tested every four to six months, and your results are continuously negative, then you should be fine for the long haul. If you're HIV positive, keep getting these tests about once a year and keep up with your medications. It's important to keep your immune system healthy, talk to your doctor or nurse.


Answer by  MedStudent01 (1131)

If these tests are negative, you likely do not have HIV. However, it would be advisable to get one more test three to six months later because the testing may be a false negative (shows negative on test but actually positive) or the virus will not appear until later. If you have been on retrovirus therapy, you should be fine.


Answer by  queenbee70 (58)

It's hard to say because HIV has a long dormancy period. I know the tests are a pain and uncomfortable but better safe than sorry, especially with AIDS!


Answer by  michmich2 (195)

It is best to get tested for HIV for the final time at least six months after you were exposed. If your tests have come back negative and it has been around 60 days, that is a good sign. However, you cannot be sure until six months after exposure.


Answer by  jessicat1982 (162)

After 3 months post exposure, also have tests every 4-6 months and if you are continuously negative then you should be fine.


Answer by  kdem (551)

I think you should continue doing tests every six months to make sure. The disease can take up to this long to show up in the blood stream and you could remain symptom free for years.

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