Anonymous
First of all, Thanks for the help you provide which is really helpful..
my question is:
I have been at risk of exposure about 8 months ago, I had PCR test at 30 days and anti body tests for 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 months all came negative(ELISA and CMIA), my concern is: I read an article about a woman turned positive after 8 months and Doctor suggest that the virus was weak or she was exposed to very small dose of the virus which made her turn positive very late(after 8 months), the question is.. is it possible that I was subjected to a very small dose of the virus (may be a single virus) and the virus didn't replicate itself enough till now which will make me turn positive after this period?

Thanks again,
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline forum.

It sounds like you're concerned about the accuracy of your HIV test results.

In B.C., all HIV tests are considered to be conclusive at 3 months following exposure. So all of the tests you had after 3 months can be considered conclusive. There are only 4 factors that can affect the results of HIV testing:

1.) Use of antiviral treatment for Hepatitis C;

2.) Undergoing treatment for cancer;

3.) Taking post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment for HIV; and

4.) Presence of other immunodeficiency diseases. If you have any of these factors it is possible that they could have affected your HIV test results. If you do not have any of these 4 factors then it is likely that your test results are conclusive.

I have not read the article you are referring to and I am not able to say for sure if there has ever been a case in which someone tested positive for HIV after 8 months. What I can tell you is, if someone did test positive for HIV a long time after being exposed this would be an extremely rare case, or there may have been other factors that had an effect on their test results (e.g. other exposure, one or more of the factors mentioned above, etc).

Getting tested for HIV can be stressful and it is completely normal to worry about the accuracy of your results. It is important to remember that HIV testing technology is very advanced and there are many measures taken to confirm results.

It may be a good idea for you to talk to your doctor about your concerns and partner with them to discuss the accuracy of your results, and the material you've read online.

For more general information about HIV you can also visit the AIDS Vancouver website.

I hope this information has helped to answer your questions.

Sincerely,

Isla (Volunteer)

AIDS VAncouver Helpline/Online

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