Anonymous
Hello
I took a test about 54 days after possible exposure. The description on the report says the test was a chemiluminescent mictroparticle enzyme immunoassay for the simultaneous qualitative detection of HIV p24 antigen and antibodies to HIV type 1 and / or type 2 in human serum. This came negative at 0.26. Can you advise what type of test this was and if this is enough? I'm still concerned due to flu and some spots on my body.
Thank you
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver for your HIV/AIDS related questions.

From the information you have provided, you have taken the 4th Generation EIA (Enzyme Immunoassay) test. This is an HIV test that looks for P24 antigens from the HIV and HIV antibodies from both strains of HIV (HIV 1 and HIV 2). This test is taken 4-12 weeks after exposure and is conclusive at 12 weeks. Since you have taken the HIV test within this window period, your negative result is a very good indication of your status. However, official HIV testing guidelines recommend a re-test at 12 weeks/3 months/84 days for conclusive results.

The symptoms you describe are not symptoms of HIV. As far as symptoms are concerned, there are no clinically defined symptoms of HIV. This means some individuals experience a strong flu-like illness 2-4 weeks following exposure which disappears within 8-10 days. However, many individuals experience no symptoms whatsoever.

I trust I have answered all your questions. Should further inquiries arise, please don't hesitate to contact us again.

Sewon, AIDS Vancouver Volunteer


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