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Rapid antibody test at 8 weeks

Question: 

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

Answer: 

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