Anonymous
Finally i just get my hiv and syphillis result.
at the laboratory they took a whole tube o blood from my vain.

she told me they used a HIV-P24 antigen and HIV-1/HIV-2 antibodies.

she told me that after my six week exposure, this test would pick it up!!! i dont know if its truth.

since it was my first time having sex with another man, i am kind of scare although i used CONDOM to top him.

should i trust the LABORATORY and the person who assited me there
with this 4gneration hiv test?
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Anonymous
Hello there!

Thank you for using AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source for HIV/AIDS related information.

Protected intercourse is considered a low risk activity for the transmission of HIV. This means that there have been a few reports of infection attributed to these activities, usually under specific circumstances such as when a condom breaks. For individuals with low risk or higher, we do recommend they seek testing for HIV.

That being said, it is great to hear that you were concerned for your health and got tested, as HIV testing is the only way to know one's status. 4th Generation EIA, commonly referred to as “combination” or “DUO” test, is an HIV blood test that looks for antibodies AND P24 protein antigens. For the antigen (ag) test, P24 is detectable immediately after infection and only for the first few weeks. The antibody (ab) test has a window period of 4-12 weeks. While most HIV specialists consider this test conclusive at 6 weeks, international guidelines for HIV testing still recommend re-testing at 12 weeks or 84 days for completely conclusive results.

I hope this answer was helpful. Please feel free to contact us again if you have further questions or concerns.

Hani
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