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Ending HIV is a sexual health campaign for gay, bisexual and other guys who have sex with guys, based in NSW, Australia. As such, we prioritise questions received in relation to these communities. If you are living overseas or in another state, there may be limits to the support we can provide. While our peers are highly knowledgeable, they can’t give specific medical advice. Whatever your concern, always seek the advice of a doctor or trained medical professional you trust.

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Got a negative rapid hiv test at 12 weeks. Is it conclusive?

Hi there, thanks for your question. Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive if you were tested outside of the window period (12 weeks after the potential exposure). This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

Is there case of over one year HIV window period registered with any patient. Why is the window period not clear as stated 3, 6 and 9 months.

Hi there, thanks for your question. The window period for HIV is up to 3 months from the time of a potential exposure, this is based on the reliability of modern HIV testing. Any test outside of the window period should be considered conclusive. If a person has continued to be sexually active during this time then they should continue to test to confirm their status. For anyone who is sexually active we recommend getting tested once every 3 months. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

Good day, does one month pep delay hiv antibodies test if it failed for up to one year?

Hi, Thanks for your question. If you’ve been possibly exposed to HIV and you’ve taken post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), we recommend getting two HIV tests after your exposure to confirm your HIV status. The first test should be done at 6 weeks. If an HIV infection has occurred, if it is detected early at this point then HIV treatment and support can be provided as soon as possible. Even if your result comes back negative, we would recommend getting tested again after the window period at 12 weeks (or 3 months) to confirm your HIV status. If your result comes back negative, then your course of PEP was effective. However, if you were still sexually active and have possibly been exposed to HIV again during this time, then we would recommend getting tested again. We recommend continuing to test every 3 months (4 times a year) as part of your sexual health routine. While taking PEP, we recommend being extra careful if you choose to continue having sex and make sure to always use an effective HIV prevention strategy such as condoms or having sex with a partner who is taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). If you have further questions around PEP and your tests, we recommend consulting with the medical centre that prescribed your PEP or are conducting your HIV tests. If you live in NSW and have any further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

I had that they will be a rare cases were someone can be hiv positive and not picked up. Does this exist?. Cause i am totally confused, i still get to see that my tongue was hairy with bumps ontop of it. And also an open sores which are painless on my lip. I am at 5 months but i still tested negative.

Hi there, thanks for your question. As with any testing, there is always a small chance of a false negative result, however these are very rare and depend on the type of testing you have undertaken. We'd recommend speaking with your HIV testing provider to confirm what this is for you. The symptoms you are describing could be caused by a number of things, so it would be best to consult with a doctor for further advice. Seeing as you have tested negative at 5 months after your potential exposure, you sit outside of the window period for HIV and should be considered accurate and conclusive. This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic.

Please I want to know if HIV test 3 months after PEP conclusive

Hi there, thanks for your question. Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive if you were tested outside of the window period (3 months or 12 weeks after the potential exposure). This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

Hello sir I have tested hiv rapid screening test after 6 years of exposure and the result is negative My question is that, can hiv rapid test negative is reliable after 6 years.

Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive if you were tested outside of the window period (12 weeks after the potential exposure). This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

I tested at 13 weeks at a point of care recieved a negative test retested at 25 weeks using a biosure self hiv test recieved a negative result.....do I need to worry about seroconversion?

Hi there, thanks for your question. Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive if you were tested outside of the window period (12 weeks after the potential exposure). This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

My partner is 6 months pregnant and last month we went for testing, she tested positive and I tested negative. I got panicked and sort for PEP at 4.5 days post exposure. At 11 days tested negative from DNA PCR test and my doctor advised me to stop PEP. After 18 days post pep stopping tested again negative from another PCR test. I know I should get tested at 6 and 12 weeks after PEP. Are my tests accurate?

Hi there, we're sorry to hear about your circumstance. As you've mentioned you'll need to wait the full 12 weeks (or 3 months) to confirm your HIV status. It takes time for HIV to be detected in the body. Most people who’ve been exposed to HIV will test positive within one month after exposure, but a small number of people take up to three months. This period is known as ‘the window period’. The window period is the time between HIV infection and the production of antibodies; a lot of HIV transmission occurs because guys don’t know that they have HIV developing in the window period. So, if you test negative at three months after your potential exposure to HIV, it will almost always mean you do not have HIV, if there has been no risk of transmission in the meantime. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active then you will need to get tested again. We always recommend confirming the window period of your tests with your provider. If you’re getting tested within the window period, you will need to get tested again after the period for a conclusive result for your HIV status. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

Hi ,Could anything affect a hiv test ie sleeping tablets medicines etc etc? And cause a false negative? Also would a negative test after 14 months of exposure be accurate ? Because I keep seeing on the net it can lay dormant and hide ? Iv had 2 ultra hiv gen 5 tests and 1 lab test all come back negative

Hi there thanks for your question. We'd encourage you to speak with your testing provider to determine if there would be any potential for a false negative on the basis of the medication are taking. In general your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive if you were tested outside of the window period (12 weeks after the potential exposure). This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission since then. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/