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hello sir i am badhri from India 2 days before i have gone to blood bank to donate blood platileatus after testing my blood he told me that you hiv symptoms,to verify there i have undergone hiv antibiotic the result showed that i doesnt have any virus,whom should i be-leave now please clarify my dought
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you have some questions about the accuracy of a recent HIV test. We're happy to answer your question for you.

First off, it's important to know that an HIV infection is never diagnosed based on symptoms alone. An HIV test is the only way to know your status for sure. This is because the symptoms of an HIV infection are very similar to many other common medical conditions (like the flu, for instance). So it's great you've gone for testing.

As for the accuracy of your test, we need more information to answer your question. The thing with HIV tests is that they have what are called "window periods." Window periods are times after an HIV exposure where an HIV positive person would test negative. The test is not able to identify infections. This is because the virus has not had time to fully establish itself, and the body has not had time to mount its response to the virus. The window period for most tests (according to Canadian guidelines at least) is 3 months. This means that if you've had a test less than 3 months since you think you might've been exposed, the test may not be accurate. You need to wait at least 3 months for the test to be accurate. So if we knew when you think you had an exposure, we'd be able to answer your question a bit better.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has provided a bit of clarification for you.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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