What is the “window period” following an HIV test?
The window period is the time between being infected with HIV and testing positive for HIV, usually 6 weeks. During the window period, a person can have HIV, but test negative when testing for HIV. Chances of passing on HIV to another person is very high during the window period. It is recommended that a person test for HIV again after 8 weeks after the first HIV test and again after 12 weeks.