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Alert Determine HIV 1/2 Ag/Ab Combo

Question: 

Hello

I only have one simple question about this Rapid HIV Test. I went to the Department of Health and Human Services for testing.
My only and first exposure was long time ago in 2013 unprotected with a girl for less then a minute. Since that incident I never had any potential exposure after that. I learned my lesson and i always use condom.
The test Fingerprick blood and my result was negative. I asked them at the health department what is that type of test we used? The Health manager and coordinator at the Department told me me it is called Alere Determine HIV1/2 Ag/Ab Combo.

I just need your opinion about that test I have undergone, I never heard of it? What do you think about it? Good? Accurate? Reliable? If so, is my test result conclusive? Or should I consider taking different test?

Thank you.

Answer: 

Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your questions. We're happy to help!!

Great job on taking the initiatives to use condoms to protect yourself. Condoms are the best way to prevent STI's such as HIV! For more information about safe sex and protection, please visit smartsexresource.org

In regards to your HIV test, from what I understand, your exposure was in 2013 and your test was recent, in 2016. All HIV tests are considered conclusive after 12 weeks post exposure, so if you were getting tested years later, that would be conclusive. Keep in mind though that protected sex is a Low Risk for HIV transmission, meaning that in situations where condoms break or aren't used properly, a risk can be associated. So we recommend that sexually active individuals maintain yearly testing for HIV and other STIs to be certain of their status and maintain their optimal sexual health.

Regarding the specific test you took, it was a 4th generation combo test. These are some of the best tests on the market. Most HIV specialists worldwide actually consider this test to be conclusive at just 6 weeks. So yes! this test is very accurate and reliable, so congrats on your negative test results! just to note - all lab administered HIV tests are very accurate, they don't get approved for commercial use unless they're accurate and reliable, so no need to worry, regardless of what test you take.

I hope this helped!

Sincerely,

Christina

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