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How long is the window period for HIV?

Q: I am 27 years old. I have been asking this question to everyone but not getting any answer. I went through all websites, which say that the window period is maximum 6 months, even you also said 6 months earlier but in your question and answers section, in a couple of questions, one expert says that this may take one year too. I tested after 6 months, which was negative but I am worrying a lot. Do I need to wait for one year?

A:Given your history please stop worrying. If you test negative EVEN ONCE at 6 months you were not infected at the contact you mention. As long as you do not believe the answer, you will keep on worrying. It is over. You made a mistake and you have paid for it in terms of worry and tension. I am sure you have learnt your lesson and will take care not to expose yourself to infection again. Relax, accept that you made a mistake and were lucky. You are OK.


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