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 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