Expert Q & A Answers About HIV testing window
Hi. I want to know when to test for HIV. I ended up going home with a guy I met last night and we had sex. We didn’t use a condom and now I’m really worried...what if he had HIV? Can I get tested for HIV right away, or do I have to wait?
I had a potential HIV exposure on a past weekend and began having symptoms that caused me concern five days later. Eight days after potential exposure, I had an HIV Early Detection test. Today the results came back negative. How confident should I be in this result? Doctors I have spoken to seem to think that even with my symptoms, the actual risk is very low. I would appreciate you sharing any information you might have in similar situations, i.e., similar timelines or anecdotal evidence. Also what is the earliest positive from HIV DNA testing known?
I’ve heard there’s a window period for HIV, but I don’t know what that means. Can you help?
How soon after sex can I test for HIV? Is there any reason to wait?