Anonymous
I had a rapid hiv test done 13 weeks post exposure. Result was negative. Is it conclusive?? Why did the nurse say to retest at 6 months in order for it to be conclusive??? I'm worried!!!
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Anonymous
Hi there!
Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV related questions and concerns. We are happy to help!

In terms of the HIV rapid test (and all HIV tests), they are all considered exclusive at 12 weeks (3 months) except for in these 4 conditions:

1) You're on antiviral treatment for Hepatitis C

2) You're under treatment for cancer (chemotherapy)

3) You're taking PEP/PREP treatment for HIV

4) You have an immunodeficiency disease (you would know, they're diagnosed during infancy).

In these four conditions, tests are considered conclusive at 6 months. However, if these do not apply to you, then the 12 weeks is sufficient, and your test should be taken as accurate and conclusive.

Hope this helped! For more information about testing guidelines go [HERE](http://www.bccdc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/B35EDEBD-98CA-48BB-AB7C-B18A357AC19D/0/BCHIVTestingGuidelinesMay2015.pdf)

Sincerely,

Christina

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