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I recently got an HIV PCR DNA test 8 days post-exposure, &

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I recently got an HIV PCR DNA test 8 days post-exposure, & it came up negative. Does that mean officially that I don't have HIV, or did I get tested too soon?
Welcome to and thank you for your question.

Well, the window period for the HIV DNA PCR tests is 2-3 weeks and at
3 weeks it is 99.6% accurate.
As you have been tested at just after 8 days, so results may be false at this time.
Sorry to say, But it is too early to rule out HIV at just 8 days.
It is advised, that you should wait for minimum 3 weeks after that incident, and then get a re-test for HIV.

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