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hiv rapid testing at 89 days

Question: 

well how good is tjis test or do I need test AGAIN AT 6 MONTHS

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the accuracy of an HIV test you've had. We're happy to answer your question for you.

Here is more information on the RAPID test:

Test Name
Method
Window Period
Conditions
Rapid or “Point-of-Care” Blood or oral swab test that looks for antibodies. Up to 95% of infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks post exposure. Most people develop detectable antibodies in 21-25 days. The rapid test is a type of 3rd Generation test. Two forms available: finger prick blood sample or oral swab. Oral swab test is most common in the U.S. but due to false positives in Canada it is not approved and blood collection is more likely. Many places in the U.S. and abroad may charge a fee for rapid testing. Conclusive at 3 months post exposure.

You'll see that this test is considered conclusive, meaning the results are taken as accurate, 3 months (or 90 days) post exposure. A test at 89 days is likely sufficiently out of the window period that this test is conclusively depicting your present status. You do not require further testing.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online
helpline.aidsvancouver.org