Anonymous
I've had symptoms for over a month, it's been over 90 days since possible exposure. I test negative at 49 days (via rna test) and at 82 days via rapid test for 1&2.

I know that immune issues can alter antibody results but would they alter an rna test that looks for the virus itself?

Can I woohoo now? Because I thought I was clear and now I'm not so sure
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Anonymous
Hello, thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver and I am happy to help answer your question about HIV testing.

First of all, we do not look at symptoms as indicators for HIV because symptoms can look like symptoms of other viral infections, such as the flu. It the symptoms you are experiencing are bothering you then I suggest you partner with your doctor about them.But for the concern of your HIV status, lets not look at the symptoms and lets focus on your test results.

You are correct that immune issues can influence the building of antibodies BUT, HIV testing window periods may be affected only if one is diagnosed with an immunodeficiency disease (usually in early life). If you are diagnosed with an immunodeficiency disease, I may suggest you to partner with your doctor to discuss this. As us AIDS Vancouver Helpline volunteers are not trained medical professionals, I unfortunately am not able to help you with further details regarding other medical conditions.

The RNA test has a testing window period of 2-3 weeks that has an accuracy rate of 99.6%. The Rapid Test has a testing window period of 4-12 weeks and has an accuracy of 99.6% as well. If under the regular testing window period, it seems that you have been tested during your window period so you have received your conclusive results.

I hope that this helped understand your test results better. Please visit our website for more information if needed: http://www.aidsvancouver.org

All the best,

Risa, Helpline Volunteer
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