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Hi, I had an exposure 9 months ago with oral sex (insertive fellatio) with a person living with hiv who's in treatment for 1 year already. I was tested for HIV 1/2 rapid screening test last Dec. 3, 2020 and it was non-reactive after 9 months of exposure. Is my test conclusive and accurate? Does that mean I don't have it? Do I need to get tested again?

Hi thanks for your question. When a HIV positive person is taking effective treatment, the viral load of HIV in their bodies get suppressed to such low levels we call it ‘undetectable viral load’ (UVL). A HIV positive person with a UVL not only live healthier lives but they also cannot transmit HIV to a HIV negative person. This is because there’s not enough HIV in the bodily fluids to cause an infection. This means that there is zero risk for HIV transmission during sex between a HIV positive person with a UVL and a HIV negative person, and that it is safe! Along with condoms and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), UVL is also a highly effective HIV prevention strategy. In fact, there’s been heaps of studies to show this, which you can read more about on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/about-undetectable/. Considering you have also tested in Decemeber last year, which sits outside of the window period for HIV and if you have not had any potential risk exposures since then, you should consider your testing result conclusive.

I had unprotected sex with a lady on 21 July 2020 whom I am suspecting to be HIV positive.I was tested with Elisa at 10weeks the result came negative, since then I have been testing with alere determine all results came negative.I tested on 14-01-2021 that is about 5months 2week after the risk still negative. Need advice please.

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). As this is the case, and if if there has been no risk of transmission in the meantime then you should consider your result conclusive.

Hi..I had unprotected sex on 15 September 2020..I had. A blood test on 5th January...My test came back negative..I wonder if this is conclusive because I can't stop worrying about it.. Sometimes I feel sick and have diarrhea for some week now.. I'm worried because could it be a symptom or because of stress

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). As this is the case and if there has been no risk of transmission in the meantime, then you should consider your testing result conclusive. We'd recommend speaking with a medical professional about your symptoms and any anxiety you may be feeling about HIV transmission as they may be able to recommend a course of treatment and link you with more support.

Sir, I exposed to unprotected sex 7 months before, now I tested tridot test. It's non reactive. But i have symptoms like fever and sore throat. Is I am safe are not. Are else I want go to another 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 in the meantime. Considering you are experiencing symptoms we'd recommend seeking the advice of a doctor.

Hi. Had unprotected sex on 10 October 2020 and tested with rapid blood test on 05 January 2021 and got a negative result. Is this 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. As you have tested on January 5th you are just short of the three month window, so you may need to perform another test to confirm that result after January 10th. It's currently recommended to test for HIV and STIs once every three months.

Hi after my exposure at 15 days I got sore fever diarrhea. Swallon lymph nodes under arm pit body rashes used pills for that... tested after 21 days rna pcr 28 days antibody test...42 days rna pcr test 60 days 4th generation test 90 days 4th generation test 100 days rna pcr test 120 days dna pcr test... all are negative are my results conclusive? I got fungal infection after my exposure not getting away using medicines..

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). As you have said you tested negative at 120 days after the potential exposure to HIV then you should consider your HIV testing result conclusive. This will not take into account if there has been a risk of transmission in the meantime however. If you are continuing to experience symptoms then we would recommend seeking the advice of a doctor.

I tested negative with rapid test after 5 months of encounter but still having symptoms .

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 in the meantime. As you are continuing to experience symptoms we'd encourage you to see advice from your doctor about the cause of the symptoms.

If someone fall in a hiv risk also having the symptoms but tested negative after seven months , so is the result conclusive?

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. As you have described testing negative after 7 months, if this is the case and there has been no risk of transmission in the meantime then you should consider your result conclusive.

I had sex with condom July 18,2020 with a girl I am not sure of her HIV status. I did HIV ELISA 4th (gen) HIV1&2, P24 Antigen at 59 days - non reactive I did two home test 60days- non reactive. I did 1 HIV 1/2 antibody home test at 90 days - non reactive. I did 2 HIV 1/2 antibodies home test at 94 days- non reactive. I went to the lab, 109 days to have antibody HIV 1/2 test with blood drawn from my vein. - non reactive. I went back to the lab, 25 weeks 1 day ( 176 days) to do 6 months antibody test. Non reactive. Are my test conclusive for HiV negative status, at 25 weeks which more than 24 weeks - 6 months . Or do I need to do any more test to be sure ? Thank you.

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 in the meantime. As this seems to be the case you should consider your results conclusive. All sexually active guys should get tested for HIV and other STIs every three months.