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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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If I test HIV at 5months and 3weeks will I test positive at that one week remaining

Hi there, thanks for your question. 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. 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 test HIV every one months for six months but still now my body,neck and head hurt me is this 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. The symptoms you are describing could be caused by a number of things, so we'd encourage you to seek further advice from a doctor. 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 thanks for your time i had a sexual encounter on 22nd november 2020, the next day felt that terrible in the head and body my first thought was i have been poisoned, got tested for std and hiv after about a week and a half of course negative, had mild flu like symptoms, cramping my feet, back pain leg and wrist and cramps all over and spent the next 4 months a complete frightened wreck. Had hiv test done at just under 4 weeks, 7 weeks 11 weeks, 6 hiv test done in all the last test done at 17 weeks all negative, i am now getting headaches, a fever that doesent seem to to away, still some feet cramping, and a bit of a sore throat my question is is the last test at 17 weeks conclusive and what could be wrong, thankyou

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. Considering you are experiencing a range of symptoms we'd encourage you to seek the advice of a doctor to help detirmine the cause of the symptoms you are experiencing. 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 ran an oralquick HIV test at home ,the control line was bold and no line on the T area ,after the manufacturers 20 mins time of interpreting the results. a few weeks later i picked it up again to do a proper throwing it away to the wastebin and i discovered a very faint line on the T area,ever since then i have become restless.does this mean iam positive?

Hi there, thanks for your question. In this circumstance, we would recommend you get in touch with the test's manufacturer or the company that produced the testing kit. Alternatively, you could get a follow up blood test from a sexual health clinic or your doctor to confirm the result. 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. 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/

From last 2 to 3 months I am having sore throat and infection inside my throat and have tonsillitis. So I decided to have HIV test also for safe side, I had a unprotected sex exposure 15 months ago. And I done HIV antibody screening test after 15 months, its negative. Than again after 1 month I had a combo antibody/antigen p24 ( ECLIA ), this test also came negative. I am nervous and anxious that's why I gone through CD4:CD8 ratio test and that is normal more than 1 that is 1.55 My question is are these tests are reliable after 15 months? Because from last 2 months I am having sore throat and infection inside my throat. How should I take these test reports. Kindly help me.

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. If you have further questions specific to your testing results we recommend discussing them with the provider as they have all the information required to give you the best response. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/

HIV 4th generation test negative at 11 weeks & a HIV RNA qualitative test negative at 12 weeks. Does this mean I’m conclusive?

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 had test hiv 37 weeks and it was negative 4th generation antigen/antibody, do I need another test

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/

When is hiv test conclusive?

Hi there, thanks for your question. 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. 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/

Once HIV report comes negative..is their any possibilities to comes report positive

Hi there, generally tests should be considered conclusive if taken outside of the window period. 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. 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/