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9 WEEKS?

Question: 

Hi i was drunk at a party, i ended up sleeping with a man and a woman. He used the same condom ont he both of us. And the condom was expired by 2 months. Im very scared and paranoid. Also, after that i found out that she was a Heroin Addict.So What if she was sharing needles???!?!?!?!?.
Im shitting my self badly, im only 19 i dont want to live like this.
I went in for testing (for every std/sti) At 9 weeks. i dont know what test they did. it was at the doctors.
At 9 weeks. i got negative for everything ( Thank god!)
Its been about 8 months since then now. Im so scared to go back and check. but i know i need to do it.
How accurate is it at 9 weeks??? Please help ease my mind. I am so so so scared.
Also, just a random question. Will there EVER be a cure for HIV?
thankyou. please help me. is 9 weeks a good sign?

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the accuracy of the results of an HIV test 9 weeks after receiving insertive sex with a condom used on another person, which is an activity of High Risk (Evidence of transmission through these activities and is the majority of cases of transmission).

The scenario mentioned above does meet the three components of the Transmission Equation as you may have been exposed to vaginal fluids on the condom from the other woman.

An HIV test 9 weeks after exposure has very high accuracy. The majority of tests (3rd Generation Enzyme Immunoassay, Rapid Test, Western Blot) are able to detect 95% of infections within 4-6 weeks after exposure and the results from a 4th Generation "DUO" test is considered conclusive by most HIV specialists after 6 weeks (1). Some guidelines and physicians recommend re-testing after 3 months for completely conclusive results.

In regards to your question about a cure for HIV there is ongoing research being conducted to identify potential cures. It is important to note that the current antiretrovirals available to treat HIV are extremely effective in controlling the virus, enabling people who are HIV positive to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

Recommendation: Refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie