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Can HIV show after 4 weeks of being exposed?
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It sounds like you have some concerns regarding HIV.

HIV is quite a complex virus and is something that cannot be diagnosed by symptoms alone. This is because the symptoms that usually arise when one acquires HIV is an intense flu-life illness that appears 2-6 weeks after the point of infection. However, as stated before one cannot assume that it is HIV because it could be essentially any kind of illness. The best thing one can do if they have been in a situation where they feel that they were at risk of acquiring HIV, is to partner with their medical practitioner and pursue HIV testing. HIV testing is the only way to acquire an accurate result when it comes to addressing HIV. Furthermore, there are numerous tests that can be taken such as a Rapid test, which is done right in-front of you or a 4th Generation test, which is a blood test that looks for antibodies and P24 protein antigens. It is important to note that official HIV testing guidelines still recommend re-testing at 12 weeks for completely conclusive results. These guidelines apply to all forms of HIV testing.

For more information on HIV you can visit [HIV Basics](http://catie.ca/en/basics/hiv-and-aids#how).

Regards,

Chris, Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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