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Hi, Do rapid HIV test still works after more than a year of possible exposure? I tested last October with rapid hiv test using blood sample from my finger and it shows negative. Can someone assist me regarding this?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Rapid HIV tests can have a window period of up to 3 months. This means that if you were to get tested, the result you would receive would be indicative of your HIV status 3 months ago. This would be conclusive of your status after any possible exposure you had more than a year ago. You can read more about testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/ We recommend to men who have sex with men to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (once every 3 months) to make sure they cover this window period and are on top of their health. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/ If you have any more questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

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Hello. I gave oral to a male/trans CSW and close to three weeks later began to have short dizzy spells followed by a bad headache that lasted for a week. I had a regular blood check, an MRI, STD check, and HIV duo test done 25 or 26 days from the experience. My question is basically, do my symptoms sound related to HIV and if so, if I were symptomatic, would the test have picked it up (the HIV test was negative). I had the test 6 days after symptoms began. I've read mixed reviews about the roles symptoms play in a diagnosis. Thank you.

Hi, Thanks for your question. Oral sex is considered very low to no risk for HIV transmission. However, this can be different for other STIs. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have regular sexual health check-ups with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. HIV tests can also have a window period of between 2 weeks to 3 months. This is the amount of time it takes for HIV to be detected in a test if you have potentially been exposed to HIV. For a conclusive HIV result, we suggest getting tested again after the window period. You can read more about the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. But again, keep in mind that if you were only performing oral sex, the risk of HIV transmission would be very low to none. The symptoms you’re describing can be caused by many different things. If your symptoms are persistent, we recommend seeking further medical advice from your doctor or health professional. If you live in NSW, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Hi how are you got tested 4 months ago it was negative then 2 months did a home test got only one drop on it and came back negative but I have received oral in that time what's the chances of me being positive?

Hi, thanks for your question! The window period for HIV tests can be between 2 weeks to 3 months. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs every 3 months to cover this period. You can read more about testing and the window period here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/ Oral sex is considered very low to no risk for HIV transmission. However, this can be different for STIs, so we recommend getting regular sexual health tests with your doctor or local sexual health clinic to be on top of your health. If you have any more questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

How long for hiv results

Hi there, thanks for your question. To answer your question, this depends greatly on the test that you are having done. Some tests have a window period of 4-6 weeks Other tests require up to 3 months or longer to pass before they can give you an accurate result. The window period just refers to the amount of time that needs to pass before the test can give you an accurate result. It’s a good idea to ask this question directly to the person who is administering your test so that you can make sure that any potential risk events are covered in the test’s window period.

What is the window period for Ag/Ab combo test

Thanks for your question. Test window periods range from between 4-6 weeks to 3 months depending on the test, we would recommend you speak to your health care provider to gain a better understanding of the specifics of the test you are doing or have done.

I did hiv test twice this year. Both negative but I alway have fear of hiv. Can both test be false

Hi, Thanks for your question. It’s great to hear that you’ve tested twice this year. False negatives are extremely rare, and are more likely to show up if a person gets tested too soon after contracting HIV or during the window period. You can read more about the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/ We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have regular sexual health check-ups with their doctor or local sexual health clinic every 3 months. We recommend talking to your doctor or health professional for any further medical advice and also to discuss any support they can offer if you’re experiencing any anxieties.

Hello, I had an oral sex encounter with another male back in late 2014, I was the one giving the bj. The encounter was brief and there was no climax. Anyway, I completed a gen 4 ab/ag test in February 2018 which would be 3 years and 3 months after said exposure. This was done due to undergoing IVF. The test came back negative. But ever since then I have worried about that experience I had all of those years back. Is this irrational and should I move on after the 1 negative test 3 years and 3 months after exposure?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Oral sex is considered very low to no risk for HIV transmission. However, this can be different for STIs so we recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have regular sexual health check-ups with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. The negative test results you received in February 2018 should be conclusive of your HIV status after that encounter from 2014. However, if you have been sexually active since then or have continued to be sexually active, we recommend getting tested every 3 months and incorporating it as part of your routine. If you are still experiencing anxiety around HIV, we recommend getting in touch with your doctor to see what kind of support services you can access. You can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where someone can answer your questions over the phone.

I had a negative hiv ab test three months post exposure But the lab told me it was a second generation test. Is it considered conclusive or i need to retest at six months?

Hi, Thanks for your question. HIV tests can have a window period of between 2 weeks to 3 months. You can read more about testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/ The HIV test you got would be conclusive of your status from 3 months ago when the possible exposure happened. We recommend getting a HIV and sexual health test with your doctor or local sexual health clinic every 3 months as part of your routine so that you are on top of your health and aware of your status. If you live in NSW, you can find the nearest place to get tested here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/ There are many highly effective HIV prevention strategies available today including condoms, PrEP, PEP and UVL. You can visit our website here to find out more information on each one and where to access here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/