Q. At three months, my HIV result is negative. Why should I check again at six months?

Answered by Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.


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Hi doctor,

After three months of unprotected exposure, I got tested for HIV, and it is negative. What are the chances of getting a positive HIV result after three months? I got to know that in some rare cases it takes up to six months to show antibodies. In which condition it will take a long time to show a positive result? I am worried so much. I am dying every day with the fear of HIV. Is there any treatment for HIV to live long?

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Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva
HIV/AIDS Specialist


Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • The test which you underwent at three months is highly conclusive. But as far as retesting at six months is concerned, here is your answer.
  • The majority of people who are infected with HIV will have a detectable level of anti-HIV antibodies at two to eight weeks following primary HIV infection.
  • Several epidemiological studies have shown that up to 97% individuals test positive within three months of primary infection and nearly 100% within six months.
  • Over years, there has been a significant improvement in HIV testing kits and therefore tests which are performed at three months give a final report. Congratulations to you on your negative HIV test at three months.
  • Retesting option at six months remain open to all and is even recommended by various guidelines, and I also suggest the same.
  • As far as the severity of the HIV is concerned or how dangerous is this virus, the answer is that it is no longer a dreadful virus and no longer a death sentence.
  • It is a well manageable virus with extremely efficient treatment available, which not only leads to a longer life span but also improves the quality of life.
  • Relax as your test is negative at three months. Move forward and get it reconfirmed at six months.

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