Anonymous
is HIV DUO test give conclusive result after 13 months with high risk exposure?
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Anonymous
Hello,
According to international guidelines all HIV tests are considered conclusive after 3 months, regardless of whether your exposure was high risk or not.
A DUO test (also known as "Combo" or the 4th Generation EIA test) looks for both P24 antigens (detectable immediately after infection) as well as antibodies in your blood, and if you had become infected 13 months ago, you would have definitely have produced these antibodies and received a positive result. Unless you have engaged in risky behavior within the last 4-6 weeks (unprotected sex or sharing needles) you are currently HIV negative.
We do encourage all sexually active individuals be tested for all Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's), including HIV, on a regular basis for one's own safety as well as the safety of one's partners.  Depending on the individual, this may be annually, bi-annually or every 3-4 months.
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