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Rapid antibody test at 8 weeks


I had a hiv rapid antibody test with a prick on my finger at 8 weeks after the exposure. I want to know if the results are reliable with this type of tests at 8 weeks or if the result can change at 3 months.
Thank you


Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the reliability of the test results you received from the rapid antibody test 8 weeks post exposure.

This test is typically performed between 4 weeks to 3 months and can detect 95% of infections between 4-6 weeks at a high accuracy rate. However, official HIV testing guidelines recommend re-testing at 12 weeks post exposure for completely conclusive results.

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test at 12 weeks post exposure for the most accurate results.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody