Anonymous
I had all 4 sexual activities are protected sex 3 years ago then i had hiv testing negative in last week but i am confused with this test because i use costicoteroid dermanex momestate cream on face since last 2years...corticostroid cream can affect or alters hiv antibody test (false-negative) are possible or notso my question is corticosteroid- dermanex-mometasone furoate cream can affect my hiv test result can need any hiv test?? pls help me...
can i need another any hiv test or not?


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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions. We're happy to help!

Here in Canada, all tests are considered conclusive 3 months after your most recent exposure. However, there are only 4 situations that can affect your window period. They are:

- If you are receiving antiviral treatment for Hepatitis C
- If you are receiving treatment for Cancer (chemotherapy)
- If you are receiving P.E.P. treatment for HIV
- If you have been diagnosed with an immunodeficiency disorder. These are very serious and are most often diagnosed at birth.

If any of these 4 situations apply to you, then your window period would get extended to 6 months. If not, then your window period would still be 3 months after your exposure. The reason your window period gets extended is that these situations can sometimes delay your body's production of HIV antibodies, which is how many HIV tests detect the presence of HIV in your body. However, since your potential exposure was 3 years ago, any HIV test you took now would give you a conclusive result. There is no need for further testing.

I hope I was able to answer your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org

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