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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. 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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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.

Is a 4th generation ab/ag combo assay conclusive at 45-50 days after exposure?

Hi here thanks for the question.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. For clarification we'd encourage you to get in touch with the manufacturers of the testing kit you have used or those who performed the test.

What is the name of hiv rapid point of care test kit that used world wide please include it picture if you can. And occurrency it is cos I tested 3 but non reactive but I have unprotected sex with hiv positive I'm confused I have all the hiv symptoms. Thanks for your help

Hi there, we are unable to recommend a specific testing kit, however would encourage you to get in touch with a doctor to find the best testing option near you.

Does it longer than 6 months for hiv rapid point of care take to pick up positive. Because I have exposed to hiv then I tested negative at 6 month but I still have symptoms like headache,skin rash, mouth sore, and joint pain since I have exposed but I use antibiotics, does it delay detection. Thank you for helping 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 in the meantime. As this is the case you should consider your results conclusive. Considering the other symptoms you are experiencing, we'd recommend speaking with a doctor for further advice.