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- What is the normal waiting period for confirming a negative result? March 13, 20133 months is the amount of time required for the virus to show on all tests. So, if you test negative after three months, this should be reliable. More information on testing can be found on our 'Getting Tested' page.
- Last friday, whilst having sex the condom tore. I have got myself tested for HIV and it’s showing negative. What should I do to be 100% sure that I am not infected? March 13, 2013Though taking a test soon after is a good indicator, it can take up to three months for the HIV virus to be picked up in tests. You should therefore get yourself re-tested after this time to be certain of your status.
- How long does HIV last when expose to air? Can HIV live in dried blood? Please provide links. February 7, 2013Dear Friend, Thank you for trusting me with your question, HIV can survive at the longest a few minutes, but an average of around 30 seconds when exposed to air. The virus can not live in a dried state.The longer the virus lives in a liquid state exposed to air the weaker it gets and…
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