At EraHealth we use the Alere Rapid HIV Test. This test can detect HIV infection as early as 12 days after HIV exposure. It’s important to note that is some cases it can take up to 3 months before HIV infection can be detected. This is called “the window period”.
What Is The Window Period For A Rapid HIV Test?
The window period for a rapid HIV test is the time it takes from being exposed to the HIV virus to the time that it is able to be detected within the body.
For most people the rapid HIV testing can detect HIV infection 12-45 days after the initial infection. In some cases it can take up to 90 days before detection. For this reason it’s important to talk with your doctor providing the test to discuss episodes where you are concerned you may have been exposed to HIV.
If you are concerned the exposure has not been picked up it’s advisable to have a second HIV test 3 months after the initial exposure.