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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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How much does it cost for having a Test?

Hi there, thanks for your question. In NSW, there are a range of ways to get tested and the cost will depend on where you go and if you have or don’t have a Medicare card. But in most cases, you can get tested for free, or at a small cost. If you live in Sydney, ACON’s a[TEST] service is free and offers rapid HIV testing and STI screening. Book an appointment today with a[TEST] at: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/book-a-test/. If you would like the option to test for HIV at home, you[TEST] is a free service that can send you a HIV testing kit at home for you to perform the test yourself. Find out more about you[TEST] here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/book-a-test-at-youtest/. At many other places, such as at sexual health clinics or bulk-billing practices, it is also usually free, and there are clinics and practices across NSW. Find a testing service near you: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/. Otherwise, if you visit a doctor who does not bulk-bill or a private practice, fees for the consultation and pathology may apply. Regardless of where you go, it might be a good idea to confirm if costs are involved either before or when making a booking to avoid any surprises later!

Is 4th generation test for hiv accurate after 32 days of exposure and the results was non reactive?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV can have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The window period is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in the test after possible exposure to HIV. A test at 32 days may still in the window period depending on your test. We recommend contacting the medical centre that provided you your test to confirm what their window period is, and if your result is conclusive for your HIV status. If you got tested within the window period, you will need to get tested again for a conclusive result. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, we also recommend getting routine sexual health check-ups and getting tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with your doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you have more sexual health questions you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Hello,I have test negative after 3 months but I was tested negative.am feeling discomfort penis foreskin what could be it I or sti

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The ‘window period’ is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in a HIV test after being exposed to HIV. We always recommend confirming with your test provider what their window periods are. Your test at 3 months after your possible exposure to HIV sits outside the window period. This means that the results you received would have been conclusive for your HIV status. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to anyone who is 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 testing on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. In terms of your other question there could be numerous reasons that you are having discomfort with your foreskin, including having an STI. We highly recommend you get tested for HIV and STIs as soon as possible with your doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, we recommend getting tested as part of your routine 4 times a year (every 3 months) so that you are always aware of your HIV 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/. If you live in NSW and have further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Sntibody test negative at 28 days,92daye and 8months all come back negative is it conclusive

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The ‘window period’ is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in a HIV test after being exposed to HIV. We always recommend confirming with your test provider what their window periods are. Your test at 8 months after your possible exposure to HIV sits outside the window period. This means that the results you received would have been conclusive for your HIV status. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to anyone who is 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 testing on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. If you live in NSW and have further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Have been exposed six months still negative am I negative

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The ‘window period’ is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in a HIV test after being exposed to HIV. We always recommend confirming with your test provider what their window periods are. Your test at 6 months after your possible exposure to HIV sits outside the window period. This means that the results you received would have been conclusive for your HIV status. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to anyone who is 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 testing on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. If you live in NSW and have further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

How to conclusive hiv rna pcr test accuracy 10 days? I did a Pcr Rna hiv1 test at 10 days and the results were not detected.After that at 16 days I did a 3rd generation rapid test of negative results.After 30 days I repeat rapid test 3rd generation and results negative. Is this test a good indicator and the probability can change to be positive? Please help me for answering questions

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV can have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The window period is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in the test after possible exposure to HIV. A test at 10, 16 and 30 days may still in the window period depending on your test. We recommend contacting the medical centre that provided you your test to confirm what their window period is, and if your result is conclusive for your HIV status. If you got tested within the window period, you will need to get tested again for a conclusive result. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, we also recommend getting routine sexual health check-ups and getting tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year (every 3 months) with your doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you have more sexual health questions you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

If the HIV test is negative it is accurate after 1 year?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The ‘window period’ is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in a HIV test after being exposed to HIV. We always recommend confirming with your test provider what their window periods are. Your test at 1 year after your possible exposure to HIV sits outside the window period. This means that the results you received would have been conclusive for your HIV status. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to anyone who is 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 testing on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. If you live in NSW and have further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

What is the window period for a Generation 4 Combination test with a veinous sample ?

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The ‘window period’ is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in a HIV test after being exposed to HIV. We always recommend confirming with your test provider what their window periods are. If you live in NSW and have further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

After 5month hiv duo test conclusive

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. The ‘window period’ is the amount of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in a HIV test after being exposed to HIV. We always recommend confirming with your test provider what their window periods are. Your test at 5 months after your possible exposure to HIV sits outside the window period. This means that the results you received would have been conclusive for your HIV status. However, if you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to anyone who is 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 testing on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. If you live in NSW and have further questions, you can call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a nurse can answer your questions over the phone.