Anonymous
 
First of all i want to thank you so much for this useful site that help many. My question is this...I had a unprotected sex in between September 15 and 30 2011. I went to the VCT on December 2 and i tested negative i later went for another test on 21 December and i tested negative.
I tried to calculate from 15 September if it could be the possible exposure date and it comes to 97 days and when i calculate from 30th Sept to 21st Dec it comes to 82 days. Am afraid of going back to test again for possible infection. Am i safe with the 82 days. I normally have night sweets and have lost 2kgs of my wait.
Thank you for a sincere response.
 
 
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Anonymous
 
Hi there and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your resource for HIV/AIDS related information.
 
First of all I congratulate you for being tested as unprotected sex is a high risk activity.
 
I'm not sure where you are, however, the most common type of HIV testing is the 3rd Generation ELISA Test.  The window period is 4 weeks to 3 months (12 weeks or 84 days), with up to 95% of infections being detected within 4-6 weeks. This test is conclusive after 12 weeks.
 
Your two negative results at 6 weeks and again at 82 days suggest that you are negative. I would expect further testing to yield the same negative results if you have not had unprotected sex with anyone in the last 4-6 weeks. That said, if testing after the official testing guidelines (12 weeks or 84 days) would give you further peace of mind, you may choose to re-test.
 
I would also suggest that you not focus on the symptoms (night sweats, weight loss) you are experiencing. Given your negative results thus far, they are likely not due to HIV. HIV symptoms tend to "mirror" other viral infections so if the symptoms you describe persist, I highly recommend you work with your Health Care Professional so that they may be addressed. For more information on HIV symptoms, please read this: http://www.aidsvancouver.org/get-informed/faq/what-are-symptoms-hiv-infection-0
 
I trust I have answered your questions, however if you have any further concerns, please feel free to contact us again.
 
Stay safe and healthy!
Jon,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
E-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.org
Phone (Mon-Fri 9-4pm): (604) 696-4666
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