The time you are infected or exposed to the HIV virus to developing antibodies of HIV is 3 months but we know that you can still start seeing HIV antibodies in 6 weeks.
The test is done at 3 months because we want to get an accurate HIV test result. Remember, this is a life decision moment and giving accurate results is very important. The 3 month period after the window period is the right time to get accurate results.
You may be worried and concerned about clinical symptoms that you are experiencing but may not even be related to your HIV status. It could just be stress leading to low immunity and in turn makes you vulnerable to flu viruses or other viruses like herpes which cause mouth ulcers.
If you are still concerned then there are tests that can be done, especially in private:
- 10 Day HIV DNA PCR Test (for exposures that occurred more than 10 days ago)
- 28 Day HIV DUO Test (for exposures that occurred more than 28 days ago), a fourth generation HIV test
- 90 Day HIV Antibody Test (for exposures that occurred more than 3 months ago), a third generation HIV test
You can ask your private GP if he or she can assist you to organise the test for you.
For further assistance don’t hesitate to contact a Health4Men clinical expert/doctor in our Health4Men clinics listed on our website.