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Q. 49 How long after a possible exposure should I wait to get tested for HIV?
Ans. The tests commonly used to detect HIV infection test for antibodies produced by your body to fight HIV. Most people will develop
detectable antibodies within three months after infection, the average being 25 days. In rare cases, it can take upto six months. For this reason, the CDC currently recommends testing six months after the last possible exposure (unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex or sharing needles). It would be extremely rare to take longer than six months to develop detectable antibodies.