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Window PeriodAudio (En español)

The time period from infection with HIV until the body produces enough HIV antibodies to be detected by an HIV antibody test. This generally takes 2 to 8 weeks, but in some people it can take up to 6 months. During the window period, a person can have a negative result on an HIV antibody test despite being infected with HIV.

See Related Term(s):  Seroconversion