Anonymous
after 12 years of a risky sexual relation, I got tested for hiv using Elisa test...the two tests I had were negative..I haven't had any sexual relation since 2002...my question is

1- are the tests conclusive
2- do I have to trust the tests i had.
3-do elisa tests fail sometimes to detect antibodies especially after a long period of time..? I mean do antibodies to hiv disappear and so can not be detected by elisa tests..

Thank you
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for choosing the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of information.

Yes, the tests you've taken are conclusive and are an accurate reflection of your HIV negative status. In fact, the World Health Organization guidelines consider all testing to be conclusive at 84 days.

Elisa tests would not fail to detect antibodies after a long period of time. If you were to hypothetically be HIV positive, your body will certainly have produced HIV antibodies and the ELISA test would have picked up on that.

You can rest assured that you are HIV negative.

In health,

Moe-AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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