Anonymous
I was wondering if aids can lie dormant in a body for a long time does that mean you can have it and not test positive on a hiv test. Is this how people get false negatives and end up being sick from aids when it's too late because they didn't even know they had hiv or aids in the first place; so they did not get treatment and end up dying/not being able to fight off diseases
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline forum.

It sounds like you're wondering about the accuracy of HIV tests.

In B.C., all HIV tests are considered to be conclusive when taken 3 months following exposure. All HIV tests are at least 99% accurate so the chances that they would detect the virus in the body are extremely high.

HIV/AIDS is still a relatively new illness when compared to other illnesses that have been around for many years. This means that the technology for testing and treatment has changed a lot in a relatively short period of time. In addition to this, there is more research continually being done and the technologies for testing and treatment are constantly being improved so they are more accurate and effective. In the past it may have been possible for tests to be less accurate and therefore not detect the presence of HIV until it had become more advanced, but that is not the case today. Today's HIV testing technology is very advanced and does not often yield false results when taken after enough time has passed after exposure.

If you are concerned about the accuracy of your HIV test results, the best thing you can do to put your mind at ease is to get another test done. This can be arranged through your doctor, or to find HIV testing sites in Canada you can check out [www.hiv411.ca](www.hiv411.ca) or if you are in the United States you can visit [www.aids.gov](www.aids.gov).

In addition to this, for more information on HIV and HIV testing you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website.

I hope this helps to answer your question and put your mind at ease. It is really amazing how many advancements we have made in the detection and treatment of HIV and I'm sure that we will continue to make more in the future!

Sincerely,

Isla (Volunteer)

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