Anonymous
Hi...thanks for your previous reply. I'm a bit confused. After having unprotected vaginal sex I tested negative at 4,6,10,12 weeks rapid test. I'm on light medication due to hypothyroid for the last 2 yrs. Can this affect my test result? Is it conclusive at 3 months or do I need to test again at 6 months as advised by vctc helpline in India?
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Anonymous
Thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver. I understand that you're confused and I hope the following information will help clear things up.

We use the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) guidelines, under which all tests are considered conclusive at 12 weeks or more post-exposure unless the person being tested:

1) is on anti-viral treatment for Hepatitis C,

2) is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer,

3) is taking P.E.P treatment for HIV, or

4) has an immunodeficiency disease.

Your test at 12 weeks would be considered conclusive under these guidelines if you are in British Columbia. However, if you are in India then we would recommend you follow the guidelines established by your local health care authorities, who may be considering factors specific to your region.

Additionally, we recommend all sexually active individuals promote their sexual health by getting regularly tested for STIs including HIV.

I hope this has helped clear up the situation for you.

Yours in health,

Matt, Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

M-F 10am-4pm Pacific Time

604-253-0566 x 299

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