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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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I have done hiv negative test after 5 days of unprotected sex. Now im safe??

Hi there, thanks for your question. It takes time for HIV to be detected in the body by a test. Most people who’ve had an unprotected exposure to HIV will test positive within 1 month after exposure, but a small number of people may take up to 3 months. This period is known as the window period. Your HIV test after 5 days, is not conclusive of your last event of unprotected sex. So to get a conclusive result you will need to get tested again, after the window period. 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. We recommend to people who are sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs once 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/blog/hiv-and-the-window-period/

I was expose to unprotected sex six months back. I keep on testing negative. I suffer from mouth ulcers, light sore throat, bad breath, weight loss and abdominal pain

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 once 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/ As you are experiencing a range of symptoms, we'd recommend speaking with a doctor to see if they can help detirmine their cause.

I tested positive with wondfo rapid hiv test and negative with both first response hiv 1&2 test and oralquick hiv test. The wondfo test results was from a private lab but the first response hiv 1&2 test and oralquick hiv test results were from the main community hospital and the international Health care Centre . Meaning, the first response hiv 1&2 and the oralquick hiv test are locally approved by the health service for hiv screening. I read on the wondfo hiv test and there was complaint that it wasn’t accurate (https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2008/10/06/rapid-hiv-tests-not-infallible). I repeated the test each month for 12 months and it still showed negative. My girlfriend also tested negative when she got pregnant that was 8 months after the incident and she is still negative. This makes me confused always. Please, Can I trust the results from the main community hospital? Kindly help me sir.

Hi there, thanks for reaching out. It's difficult to advise you on the reliability of particular test kits, so if possible we'd recommend seeking out testing from a trusted location near you. If you have concerns about your testing results you can also discuss them with the medical proffesionals who conducted your tests. If you are in NSW, Australia you can find a testing location here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/where-to-get-tested/

Is a test after 5 months conclusive using rapid test

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 once 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 slept with an H i v person and its 6 weeks am testing negative is there any possibilities that am not infected??

Hi there, thanks for your question. A negative testing result at six weeks might be conclusive, however this depends on the type of test. Depending on the test, HIV can have a window period of up to three months. Even the most advanced tests available today are generally only considered conclusive after around 6 weeks. If you are unsure about the window period of your test, we recommend confirming with your test 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/

I slept with someone I don't know their status in end of June this year. Weeks later developed severe symptoms, I was also having sex with my partner who is HIV negative during window period. I took test first week of October after the 3 months window period it came negetive but I still have symptoms. How accurate are the results?

Hi there, thanks for your question. Your HIV test results are accurate and conclusive if you were tested outside of the window period (three months 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 once 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 have and exposure around 4month ago, and i tested for hiv through rapid test it was "SD BIOLINE ANTI-HIV1/2 3.0" kit the result was negative, can i trust the result?

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 have been exposed to hiv and get test in three months test becomes negative then i use Trenvir pill as Pep i'm in 8 months now signs of hiv appear but when test i got negative result....i'm i infected or not?

Hi there, thanks for your question. If you are saying that you had a potential exposure 8 months ago, where you completed a course of PEP and then tested negative after three months then you have tested outside of the window period and should be able to consider the result conclusive. Of course, if you have had unprotected sex since then you will need to get re-tested to confirm your result. If your circumstance is different to what we've described then it would be best to get advice from a medical proffesional.

I had unprotected sex with hiv positive I tested 1.5 ,3 ,5,6,8, months after all negative but I got sore throat diarrhea from last few 2 months continuously

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 the symptoms you have described, we recommend seeking the advice of a doctor to detirmine their cause. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/