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Conclusiveness of TRI-DOT Test

Question: 

I had almost all symptoms for acute hiv infection and after 11 day i got HIV RNA PCR (qualitative) test which came not detected then after 51 days(7 weeks nd 2 days) i got hiv TRI-DOT (3rd generation test)antibodies test which too came back non reactive....so am i safe?

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from your question, you are asking about the conclusiveness of the 3rd Generation TRI-DOT, which we have assessed to be a Rapid or "Point-of-Care" test. Using a Rapid test, HIV is detectable between 4 weeks and 3 months, so a test taken at 7 weeks would be in the prime window of accuracy. Rapid tests are highly accurate when taken at the correct time.

The PCR RNA Test can detect HIV within 2 to 3 weeks of exposure, and is also highly accurate.

Since both of these tests came back not detected/non-reactive, we would consider this a conclusive result. If you are still concerned, we recommend speaking to your physician about getting a 4th Generation test.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Sara