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The window is long, but it’s open. Here’s how I coped and took control of my health

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I’m not an HIV expert, but I do know what it feels like to wait to find out whether you’re positive.

The window period is the time it takes for the body to produce HIV antibodies that can be detected by an HIV antibody test — and it can last from three weeks to as many as 12 weeks. During my lifetime, I’ve had to wait in that window a few times. There were even times I was in the window and didn’t know.

The first time I found myself there was in 2004. When we finished having sex, I…

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