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Hello, I had unprotected vaginal sex with a woman I met online she said she is healthy and she is afraid of hiv(obviously everyone does)but she said she is clean, well I did test anyways, I went to HIM(Health initiative for men)to do the testing, I did early testing and rapid insti test, and urine test, which all came back negative, doctor in HIM said that I don't have to worry about it because NAT testing is pretty accurate, but I did it again today wich will make it 7 weeks post exposure, I did NAT early testing again, doctor in HIM said that if this came back negative which is very likely well, and he said it is considered conclusive? When i checked Internet everyone has their own opinion like how NAT can't be a standard test for detect HIV, which makes me think about that test if it is really accurate or not? I know internet has lot of stuff and I would rather believe in what doctor said, and I do know that i have to get tested for confirmation at 12 weeks, but is it highly accurate for this type of test and should i have to worry? Thanks
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for choosing the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source for HIV-related information.

It is great to hear that you are taking initiative with regards to your health and getting tested. The Pooled RNA NAAT test (“Early Test”) after 6 weeks is a good indicator of your status. A negative test result at 12-weeks post exposure is considered to be conclusive. This is a reliable and accurate test. Therefore, having received a negative test result 7-weeks post exposure, your negative result is VERY unlikely to change. As suggested by your doctor, I would encourage you to follow up with the testing at 12-weeks post exposure, but I am confident that your results will once again be negative, proving that you do not have HIV.

According to international guidelines all HIV test results are conclusive 12 weeks (or 84 days) post exposure, provided there have been no other exposures during that window period. All HIV tests done by a healthcare provider are accurate, reliable and sensitive.

I hope that I have addressed your concerns. Please feel free to write us again should you have any further questions.

All the best,
Natalie
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