Anonymous
Hello team,

The HIV Combo test (CMIA) at 3 months post-exposure has come non-reactive (0.24), in addition to the antibody-only test (CMIA) at 80 days post exposure - non-reactive (0.14).

1) Can I treat these results as conclusive and move on with my life without worrying about HIV?
2) Are further tests required? I am asking this because I had cold for 2 days almost 9 weeks post-exposure and feel a slight burning sensation around my groin area.
3) Is there a possibility of the antibodies not showing up on the tests at 3 months and show up, say, after 6 months post exposure?

The exposure was hand-to-genital contact at a massage parlour. I am NOT SURE if the masseuse had any vaginal secretions or menstrual blood on her hands.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for HIV/AIDS related information.

I will answer the following questions in chronological order.

1) The results of the HIV Combo test are conclusive because you were tested at 3 months or 84 days. We follow the WHO (World Health Organization Guidelines), which suggest testing is conclusive at the 12 week mark. You can move on with your life without worrying.
2) No further tests are required unless you have engaged in any high risk activity since the exposure. The symptoms you mentioned are not related specifically to HIV and could be due to other things. If your symptoms persist, I would encourage you to see a healthcare professional.
3) The test is a good indication of your status.

Hand-to-genital contact is considered to have no risk, even if there are fluids present because it has already been exposed to air. If there is HIV present then it would die within seconds of exposure.

I trust that I have answered all of of your questions, should you need any additional information, feel free to contact us again.

In health,

Harman

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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