Please Note: Helpline services will be on a hiatus as of December 12th and will be re-opening January 12th, during which AIDS Vancouver will be moving to our new location.

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Please Note: Helpline services will be on a hiatus as of December 12th and will be re-opening January 12th, during which AIDS Vancouver will be moving to our new location. If you require immediate assistance please call The Vancouver Crisis Centre at 604-872-3311, visit the Option For Sexual Health, the SmartSex Resource (only from Dec19th-23rd), or refer to past Helpline answers.

The Helpline will reopen January 12th at our new phone number 604-253-0566. If you live in BC or are planning on moving to BC you can call the Helpline. If outside of BC please visit the Helpline Online Forum.
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Negative hiv rapid test at 3 months


I had a negative hiv rapid finger prick test at 3 months and just yesterday my doctor called to tell me my Pap smear came back abnormal. Can this abnormality in my Pap smear be due to hiv infection? Do I need to retest for hiv? I don't know what is wrong with my body :(


Hi and thanks for the question. Any and all testing for HIV, including a Rapid or Point of care test is considered conclusive at just 12 weeks or 84 days, post risk exposure. Pap smear testing and the results of these Pap tests have no relevance to your HIV test. Your HIV test is conclusive and you are not living with HIV.

There is no need to have nay further testing, if you have had no other risk exposure, and we sincerely hope you continue to work with your doctor to determine the cause of your health related issues. All the very best,