Anonymous
Hi,
This is a follow up thread regarding my question which is still uncleared.
http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/does-window-period-change-everytime-i-sex-wife

As you said:
Every time you have sex (or participate in a risk activity) the window period for testing begins again for that activity. So if you were to have sex with anyone and are wondering if you could have acquired HIV from that encounter the HIV test is considered conclusive 12 weeks after that possible exposure.

I worry about this because i never passed my 12 weeks of period window without being sexually unactive.
I have been sexually active with my wife throughout these 2 years while testing for HIV1,2 via fourth generation.

My exposure happened 2 years ago, I tested at 3,4,6,8,10,12 month after my possible exposure but throughout my testing period i was sexually active with her .. does that mean by test are not conclusive since i have been sexually active with my wife every week?

Please help!
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver, I'm happy to address your concerns.

It's great that you have attached your previous question and the response, as it has helped me to fully understand the context of your question. I have read and reviewed the forum posting.

The activity that would re-start your window period is if you had unprotected sex with another commercial sex worker (who is HIV positive), in between the time of your first exposure and the 12 week results. If your wife's HIV status is negative, then having sex with her will not restart your window period, because having unprotected sex with your (HIV negative) wife would pose no risk to your HIV status.

Also, since your last test was 12 months after your exposure (with the sex worker), then your results are very much conclusive. Here at AIDS Vancouver, we follow the guidelines set by the British Columbia Centre of Disease Control (BC CDC) which states that: at *12 WEEKS*, HIV results are considered to be conclusive.

It's great to see that you have taken the time and energy to fully understand your situation. I hope that I have clarified the confusion regarding the window period. If you have anymore questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Leila

AIDS Vancouver Helpline

Phone: 604-253-0566 ext 299

Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm (PsT)

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