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If I Take a Test For HIV, Will The Results Come Out Telling Me An Exact Answer (Yes Or No)?

10/23/2005

Question:

If I take a test for HIV, will the results come out telling me an exact answer (yes or no)? Some facts say that symptoms might not show up until 10 years later. Is that the case with the test? If I can't get a definative answer, can I get an updated CD4 count to check if I am losing them?

Answer:

An HIV antibody test is usually positive or negative, occasionally it can be indeterminate. It takes 8-10 years to develop AIDS if HIV infection remains untreated. If one is HIV infected the most recent CD4 count is reflective of the status of the immune system. 

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Pamposh   Kaul, MD Pamposh Kaul, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati