Anonymous
I had a possible exposure to HIV on 11 December 2015.
i went to the hospital on 11 December and started PEP on the 12th of December.
i had non-reactive HIV Gen 4 tests on the 24th of December (2weeks) and on the 22nd of January (6weeks)
the test on the 22nd of January was 13 days after i finished the PEP and 6 weeks after potential exposure. Can I assume that the test on the 22nd of January is conclusive?
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Anonymous
Hi there! Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions/concerns. We're happy to help!

PEP is one of the factors that affects the HIV test window. The window period for HIV testing actually begins AFTER you conclude the 28 day treatment of PEP. Therefore, your January 22nd test would not be conclusive as it was only 13 days after you concluded the treatment. Depending on where you live, the 4th generation test would be conclusive 6 weeks or 12 weeks AFTER you conclude PEP treatment. Here in Canada, all HIV tests are still conclusive at 12 weeks after, but in other parts of the US and the world, they have changed their guidelines to 6 weeks, so depending where you live it may vary.

That being said, PEP greatly reduces your risk of HIV establishing an infection, so your results are unlikely to change!

I hope this helped! To find out more about testing, visit this website: http://www.avert.org/hiv-testing/when-test

Sincerely,

Christina

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