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I done HIV rapid card test at 3 months after possible exposure & after 6 month's.. & done an Elisa 4th gen test at 7 months after exposure..& all results are negativ am experiencing swolmph nodes in my right neck area..am really afraid.....are my results conclusive....is there any chance of getting HIV from the unprotected sex that I have done 7 months before..pls give me reply

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV can have a window period of between 2 weeks to 3 months depending on the test. This is the period of time it takes for a reactive result in the test after your possible exposure to HIV. Your tests at 3 months, 6 months and 7 months after your possible exposure to HIV sit outside this window period. This means that your negative results are conclusive for your HIV status. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. Your swollen lymph nodes around your neck can be caused by many different things. We recommend visiting your doctor who can provide you with further medical advice. Also, we recommend considering an effective HIV prevention strategy for your future sexual encounters. Today, we have many different options including condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and undetectable viral load (UVL). We recommend consulting with your doctor which strategy is best for you and how to properly use it. You can find out more info on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/stay-safe/

One test tested positive after pricking then after I withdrew from the veins using another type of the testing strip and tested negative .could I be positive or negative I'm confused.

Hi, Thanks for your question. It can definitely be confusing when you’re receiving different results for your HIV tests. We recommend confirming with the medical centre that provided you your HIV test to confirm what your HIV status is, and if you need to get tested again for an accurate result. If you live in NSW and have further questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Which hiv test is conclusive after 6 months of sexual exposure.

Hi, Thanks for your question. HIV tests can have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. This is the period of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in the test after a person’s exposure to HIV. A HIV test at 6 months after your last exposure to HIV sits well outside this window period. This means that the results you would receive from this test would be conclusive for your HIV status. However, if you’ve recently been sexually active, you will need to get tested again after the window period. 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 HIV testing on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. If you have further questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Is HIV 1&2 antibody & p24 test can be confirmatory after 8 months ? Like I hope antibodies dont go to hidden or dormancy to be not be detected ??

Hi, Thanks for your question. HIV tests can have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. This is the period of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in the test after a person’s exposure to HIV. If you’re getting tested for HIV after 8 months of your last possible exposure to HIV, your results would be conclusive for (or ‘confirm’) your HIV status. This is because getting tested at 8 months sits well past the window period. However, if you’ve recently been sexually active, you will need to get tested again after the window period. 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 HIV testing on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/. If you have further questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Hi i had sex( with condom, but i had sperm on my face). I had a 4th generation antibody/p24 antigen test at 5 weeks and then at 11 weeks and two days. They were negative. Can i be sure?

Hi, Thanks for your question. It’s great to hear that you chose condoms as your prevention strategy! When used correctly, condoms are highly effective in preventing HIV transmissions. The risk of HIV being transmitted by having sperm on your face would be considered zero risk. For HIV to be transmitted, it requires the bodily fluids (either blood, semen, anal or front hole fluids) of a person living with HIV who is not on effective treatment to enter the bloodstream of a HIV negative person. This is often through unprotected sexual intercourse or sharing injecting equipment. However, the risk of STIs being transmitted in the way you’ve described can be different so it’s good to hear that you went to get tested! We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. To answer your question, HIV tests can have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. This is the period of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in the test after a person’s exposure to HIV. We recommend getting in touch with the medical centre that provided you your HIV test to confirm what their window period is and if your negative results at 5 weeks and 11 weeks are conclusive for your HIV status. If those tests happened during their window period, you will need to get tested again after the window period. If you have further questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.

Hiv test after exposure 6,9,12,14 months nagetive but symptoms are present mouth ulcers, white patch, white tongue, weakness, fatigue, tonsillitis, neck lymph node,

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV can have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. This is the period of time it takes for a reactive result to appear after you’ve been exposed to HIV. Your tests at 6, 9 , 12 and 14 months after your possible exposure to HIV sit outside this window period. This means that your negative results are conclusive for your HIV status. If you’ve continued to be sexually active, you will need to get tested again. You can read more about HIV testing and the window period on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/test-often/all-about-testing/ The symptoms you’re describing can be caused by many different things. We recommend visiting your doctor to seek further medical advice.

I last played unprotected sex with a girl who is HIV positive on 9 Feb and 25 Feb 2020. Having started experiencing signs and symptoms of HIV, I got concerned and went for testing in April, may and lastly in June 26 2020 and still I have tested negative. What is my stand in HIV status. Why am I still experiencing signs and symptoms of HIV up to now 4 July 2020. Does it mean I have the virus and still its hiding?.

Hi, Thanks for your question. People living with HIV who are on effective treatment can suppress their viral loads to such low levels we call it ‘undetectable.’ People living with HIV who are sustaining an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to HIV negative person. However, if your sexual partner is not on treatment, it’s good to hear that you were able to go get tested to confirm your status. Tests for HIV can have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. This is the period of time it takes for a reactive result to appear after you’ve been exposed to HIV. We always recommend confirming with the medical centre what their window periods are. Your tests in the months of April and May may have been done during the window period after your possible exposures in February, which means your results may not have been conclusive of your HIV status at those points in time. However, your test on June 26 would happened after this window period, meaning your negative result then would have been conclusive. If you continued to be sexually active after 25 February, you will need to get tested again for a conclusive result. If you are experiencing symptoms, we recommend visiting a doctor who can provide you with further medical advice.

HIV rapid test at 6 months non reactive. But I've had symptoms rash, sore throat, headache, fatique, hair loss, hair thinning texture. Could these be HIV symptoms. Even though my test is non reactive at 6 months.

Hi, Thanks for your question. Tests for HIV can have a window period of between 2 weeks and 3 months depending on the test. This is the period of time it takes for a reactive result to appear after you’ve been exposed to HIV. Your test at 6 months sits past this window period, which means that your non-reactive result would be 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 with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. The symptoms you’re describing can be caused by many different things. We recommend visiting your doctor and consulting with them for further medical advice.

I had a protected sex with a sex worker and after 3 months and 20 days I tested negative for HIV via rapid hiv test.Do I need to do more tests , I do not have any symptoms more than 10 months, but I am still anxious.

Hi, Thanks for your question. If you used condoms correctly as your form of protection during sex, they are highly effective in preventing HIV transmission. Rapid HIV tests have a window period of 3 months. This is the period of time it takes for a reactive result to appear in the test after your possible exposure to HIV. Your test at 3 months and 20 days sits outside this window period, which means that your negative result is conclusive for your HIV status. However, if you continued to be sexually active in this time, you will need to get tested again. We recommend to anyone who is sexually active to have routine sexual health check-ups and get tested for HIV and STIs 4 times a year with their doctor or local sexual health clinic. If you are experiencing anxiety around HIV, we also recommend talking to a doctor or counsellor who specialises in HIV who can provide you with any information and support you may need. If you have more questions, you can also call the Sexual Health Infolink at 1800 451 624 where a sexual health nurse can answer your questions over the phone.