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Question: 

Hi,

Due to a low risk event I was given PEP for 28 days. Event was happened last week of April. Below are my test dates and Results :

1 day after PEP - 4th gen combo Test - Negative
4 weeks after PEP - 4th gen combo Test - Negative
8 weeks of PEP(12 weeks after exposure) - Rapid Oraquick Test - Negative

I would like to know

1.These results are assuring?
2.Is Oraquick antibody test is good enough?
3.Did you see anyone turn positive after 8 weeks negative test?

Thanks.
M

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about the reliability of your test results.

Let's answer your questions!

"Question 1: These results are assuring?"

Question 2: "Is Oraquick antibody test is good enough?"

  • The OraQuick test is 99.3% accurate. It is up to you to decide if that is good enough for you.

Question 3: "Did you see anyone turn positive after 8 weeks negative test?"

  • There are 4 things that can effect the HIV testing window period. They are: 1) You are currently receiving treating for Hepatitis C. 2) You are currently receiving treatment for cancer (chemotherapy) 3) You have some form of immunodeficiency (which you would know about at birth) 4)You are currently on post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

  • You did a course of PEP treatment. It is recommended that you wait 3 months after your PEP treatment has been successfully completed to have a test that is considered conclusive. I would recommend, for your own peace of mind, that you take a test 3 months post PEP. This test will be considered conclusive.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org