How Long Does it Take for HIV to be Detected in the Body?
It usually takes 12 weeks, for the body to develop the antibodies the test detects after exposure to HIV, giving some people a “false sense of safety” that they’re HIV negative when they are in fact HIV positive and at their most contagious. It is generally recommended that you take a test three months after the last possible exposure.
If you are HIV positive, the sooner you take steps to protect your health and the health of those around you, the better. Medical treatment and a healthy lifestyle can help you stay well. The proper treatment may delay the onset of AIDS and prevent some life-threatening conditions.