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Hi is my 5 month result conclusive
Hello. We aren't clinicians here, so we can't comment on specific tests. But we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your health professional to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Rapid HIV tests, and some laboratory tests that use older technology, can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. You would need to check with the health professional where you were tested what the window period is for the for the particular test that was used. But if you were tested 5 months after an event, and you have had no risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. If you had any risks for HIV within the window period of a test, you would need to be tested again for a conclusive result.
Hi sir I have unprotected sex with hiv positive man tested after 5 months it shows negative I am still sick while drs told me you are clear
Hello. We aren't clinicians here, so we can't comment on specific tests. But we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your health professional to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Rapid HIV tests, and some laboratory tests that use older technology, can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. You would need to check with the health professional where you were tested what the window period is for the for the particular test that was used. But if you were tested 5 months after an event, and you have had no risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. If you had any risks for HIV within the window period of a test, you would need to be tested again for a conclusive result.
Is a 4th generation alere rapid test negative result conclusive after a year?
Hello. We aren't clinicians here, so we can't comment on specific tests. But we can say that here in Australia, rapid HIV tests, and some laboratory tests that use older technology, can take up to three months. Most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) in Australia can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. You would need to check with the health professional where you were tested what the window period is for the for the particular test that was used. But if you were tested a year after a risk event, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. If you had any risks for HIV within the window period of a test, you would need to be tested again for a conclusive result.
Is my 4th gen antigen and antibody test is conclusive at 32 days of event ?
Hello. We aren't doctors here, so we can't comment on specific tests . But we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Rapid HIV tests, and some laboratory tests that use older technology, can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor what the window period is for the for the test that was used, but it sounds like you may still be within the window period of the test.
Hello, I had two hiv 4th generation abbot architect tests at 4 months and 9 months. Both were negative but have neurological symptoms.Do i need to retest?
Hello. We aren't doctors here, so we can't comment on specific tests or symptoms. But we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Rapid HIV tests, and some laboratory tests that use older technology, can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor what the window period is for the for the test that was used. If you have symptoms you are concerned about, you should also speak to your doctor about this.
Hi, I have a question regarding a HIV duo test taken at 48 days post exposure. The result of the 4th generation duo test was negative, but still I am worried the test may not have picked up HIV. I understand that the test looks for p24 and antibodies. So, my question is, at 48 days would there be sufficient levels of p24 or antibodies to be picked up by the test? Also, have you heard of any cases where an individual tests negative at 6/7 weeks and positive at 12 weeks? Thanks
Hello. We aren't doctors here, so can't comment on specific tests, but we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Rapid HIV tests, and some laboratory tests that use older technology, can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor what the window period is for the for the test that was used.
I have done hiv serology testing on day 25 and 44. Both came as negative. I hope the second test is cmia type. How confident I can be about the negative result.
Hello. We aren't doctors here, so can't comment on specific tests, but we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Rapid HIV tests, and some laboratory tests that use older technology, can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor what the window period is for the for the test that was used.
Hello, may i know is a negative HIV test (4th Gen rapid test) conclusive at day 60?
Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Rapid HIV tests, and some laboratory tests that use older technology, can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor what the window period is for the for the test that was used.
I had a heterosexual encounter with a high risk woman and have been tested at 8 weeks (antibody only) and 11 weeks (p24 ab/ ag), but com to understand that the antigen part of the test is meaningless at this point. My question is two-fold. 1. Can I assume that I\'m out of the woods or do I need to be tested again? 2. Has anyone converted at the 11 week marker to 12 weeks. I also want to mention that I do take an injection of a biologic every 2 weeks and there seems to be some confusion whether or not that would also effect the results. Any information you can provide would be helpful. Thank you, Anonymous
Hi. Although this is a website for men who have sex with men, we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor which test they used and the window period of that test. We aren’t doctors here, so can’t give medical advice, so you would also need to check with you doctor about if anything would affect the results.
Hi, during the last 5 months have been a short relationship with an unknown status woman, in this period I had 2 times unprotected vaginal sex and non protected oral for multiple times, the test reference to unprotected vaginal. I have been very worried and even before the end of the relationship I tested (anticorps and antigen) after 7 weeks of the first exposure. I tested again 12 weeks after the first exposure but only 4 weeks after the second and again two days before making the 6 weeks of the second exposure! At this point can I forget this and move with my life? I have been very worried whatever I have, headache, muscular pain I always relate it to HIV.
Hi. Although this is a website for men who have sex with men, we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and antigen (the virus itself), and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. We aren’t doctors here so we can’t give medical advice. So you would need to check with your doctor about which test they used and the window period of that test, and if they think you need a further test.
hi, i had unprotected sex with an ambiguous girl. Then I went for testing at 28, 33, 42, 55 and 60 days after exposure, all with 4th generation testing and the result were all negative. May I know if those results were trustworthy? Moreover after the risk at about 2 weeks I had dengue fever which i was required to take medication, may i know if those medication might have affected to my result?
Hi. Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and the virus itself, and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor which test they used and the window period of that test. We aren't doctors here, so we can't provide medical advice, so you would need to check with your doctor about dengue fever.
I had a high risk unprotected sex with a guy and found out he got hiv. I was so stressful . I got 1st test at 8 weeks with a negative result by 4th generaton . A second test taken at 10 weeks show out negative. But i am still scare and worry. Do i need to get another test at 12 weeks.
Hi. Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and the virus itself, and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor which test they used and the window period of that test.
I had a second hiv test in 10 weeks by 4th generatio . A result show out negative . Is it conclivive yet or do i need to get another at 12 weeks
Hi. Here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and the virus itself, and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. You would need to check with your doctor which test they used and the window period of that test.
Hi, I had four protected sex with CSW oversea 4 weeks ago, I had a laverty HIV/STD and allergy test requested by doctor on the 10 days of last encounter, it all came out negative. But now I am experience little sore neck and tiny bump on my lip, would I getting any other test done?
If you had protected sex, this wouldn't be considered a risk for HIV, but it's always a good idea for people who are sexually active to have regular tests for all STIs (including HIV) anyway, but just to be part of a ongoing routine. In terms of testing for HIV, the time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period, and this window period can vary depending on the test. We aren't doctors here, so can't comment on specific tests or symptoms, but we can say that here in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and the virus itself, and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. You would need to check with your doctor which test they used and the window period of that test. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. If you have symptoms you are concerned about, it would be best to speak to your doctor.
I had unprotected intercourse 6 months ago I tested all sTls included hiv 3 months mark and 6 months mark tests all negative But I still have symptoms my question is? Do I need another test or this test is conclusive thank you
Hi. In Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and the virus itself, and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. If you have symptoms you are concerned about, it would be best to speak to your doctor.
I tested for hiv at 4 weeks. The website says they test for antibody and antigen. My exposure was oral sex performed on a man. Is this a reliable test in Australia?
Hi. In Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and the virus itself, and can detect if someone has HIV within 6 weeks of exposure. Some laboratory tests that use older technology (and test for only antibodies), and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months. This time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. However, you would need to talk to your doctor to confirm the test they used and the window period of that particular test. However, oral sex is considered to be very low risk for HIV transmission. There is potentially a risk to the person performing oral sex if they have abrasions or ulcers in their mouths, or an STI in their throat, and this is increased if they get cum in their mouth. However, this is still classed as a low risk.
HIV rapid test I went to planned Parenthood and got a HIV rapid test done at 170 days it came back negative are rapid test triable it\'s a finger prick one and how accurate are they thanks
Hi. The time for a test to be able to detect HIV is called the window period. For a negative result, if you have been tested after the window period of that particular test, and you have had no other risks for HIV in that time, it would be considered a negative result. Here in Australia, the window period of rapid HIV tests can be up three months. However, you would need to talk to your doctor to confirm the test they used and the window period of that particular test.
Hello I had a sex female with condom but condom had broken. Then after 2 weeks I got severe stomachache and body ache with fever I took medicine and fever and body ache had gone in 2 days but stomachache was still going on.same day I was getting loose motion Next I went to hospital Doc told me that you have stomach infection and he gave me one pain killer injection and one injection for nausea. And I also ask him to get me tested with hiv Then I tested with HIV 1 and 2 but reports was non reactive 0.5 and same day I got one small rash on my hand front side and acne on my face Now I am fine with the help of medicine but rash is there from last 5 days Question Is there any chance to hiv positive Before these symptoms I ate outside very oily and unhinged But new symptoms are coming day by day.
Hi. We aren't able to comment on specific symptoms you may be experiencing as we aren't doctors, you would need to check with your doctor about these. And although this is an Australian website for gay men and other men who have sex with men, we can say that getting testing regularly and after times such as when a condom breaks is a good idea. HIV tests can take some time to be able to detect HIV (if someone has become HIV positive) and this time can vary depending on the test used - you should check with your doctor about what the time for the test they are using.
Hey, can a 4th gen HIV test show results by 5 weeks and 2 days after exposure I know the window period is 6 weeks but is it accurate at 5 weeks and 2 days.
Hi. Yes, in Australia, most laboratory tests (where blood is drawn and sent by your doctor to the laboratory) use 4th generation lab tests that test for both antibodies to HIV and the virus itself, and can detect if someone has HIV within six weeks of exposure. (Some laboratory tests that use older technology that test for only antibodies, and rapid HIV tests and can take up to three months.) We're not doctors here so can't give specific medical advice. And although the test is able to detect it within six weeks, we understand the six week window period is usually the standard for this type of test to be sure. But you should check with your doctor for their advice.
I am 24 years old male who went to a massage polorar in China. The lady is around 30 years old. She did a full body massage for me around an hour without any massage oil, and after that she did a hand job for me with no oil as well. During which, she went outside for 5 minutes and I did not what she did during this period of time. After she came back, she did a handjob for me for about 3-4 minutes without any lubrication. After this, I washed my penis with soap. I did not know if her status in terms of HIV or any STDs and I did not know if she had cuts on her hands or she was even bleeding at that time. There is no kissing, no penetration, but I remembered she had licked my back for few minutes. As well as this, I did not know if I have any cuts or wounds on my penis during the handjob. However, I noticed there was a white pimple on my shaft the day after that, and the pimple disappeared 2 days after the massage. Two weeks after, I had a bit of joint pain around my knees and ankles.However, after using heat patches for 2 days, the pain diappeared. I am just wondering if my situation and experiment put myself on the risks of HIV or any possible STDs? (Also I did test myself 15 days after the massage using ICARE Rapid HIV home test kit and got a negative result. Do I need to have another test in the future? Thank you very much for your patitence and your assistance in advance. I am appreciated for your response at your earliest convenience.
Hi. Although this is an Australian website for men who have sex with men, we can say that handjobs are not considered a risk for HIV. You can't get HIV from things like massage, masturbation, handjobs, kissing, or hugging. We would always recommend anyone that is sexually active to get regular tests for all STIs (including HIV) anyway, but just to be part of a ongoing routine. We aren't doctors here, so we aren't able to give medical advice or comment on any specific symptoms or tests you have had, so if you are concerned you could check with your doctor.

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