Repeat HIV test?

Wondering why you need to get tested again for HIV? Dr. David defines what a “window period” is after a negative result and why repeat testing may be necessary.

The time period between when someone has contracted HIV and a positive test is called the “window period.” During this time – which varies by tests – a person could test negative for HIV antibodies, but still have HIV and be able to pass the virus to others if protections are not used. It is important to understand the “window period” for the tests you are taking.

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