How long do HIV blood test results take
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The only way to know of your HIV status is to get tested which you already have. It does no good to worry about past symptoms to try to figure out if HIV transmission was possible or not. Most people will get their HIV test results back within 1-2 weeks. You are correct that a positive result then leads to a confirmatory test called the "Western Blot" test. You will only be informed of a positive result after this Western Blot test has been administered. I am not able to tell you how long hepatitis and rubella tests usually take for results to be delivered. All I can say is that all health environments (eg. hospitals, clinics, etc) and their staff must follow strict guidelines and procedures and that you should trust that you will be called with information regarding a positive result. If you are not asked to come into the clinic because your results are negative, you can still make an appointment with your doctor if you would like to be provided with more information. Please try to do your best to relieve your stress in the meantime as prolonged anxiety is not good for the body. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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