Anonymous
My gyno told me that it can take 7 years for you to test positive for HIV. My ex for 6.5 years ago is positive, but I've tested negative multiple times over the last years. I even have a son, so I'm really freaking out. Is this accurate information and do I need to be worrying?

Thanks
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It seems you are concerned that you might have HIV although test results have come back negative. We are glad to provide some information.

The majority of HIV tests can be conducted 3-4 weeks after an exposure giving up to 99.9% accuracy. Early tests can also be conducted 10-12 days after exposure with a 95% accuracy. However a person with HIV can take up to 10 years to develop full blown aids. I am not sure what your gyno was referring to but once you have been tested for HIV 3 months after the exposure it is considered conclusive. If you have not had another exposure and you have been tested 3 months after an exposure with results coming back as negative then you are HIV free. You can get additional information on testing from [CATIE website](http://www.catie.ca/en/prevention/testing-and-diagnosis).

The Aids Vancouver Helpline Online forum has postings that are related to your question that you can read for additional information. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

In health

Lawrence

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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