Anonymous
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Hi, I had sex with a HIV positive person (male) on September 28, 2015. He's been on his medicition for 3 years. I was (topping) we did use a condom, but it break. When I realize it pop we stopped immediately. I was stressing to the point I was making myself feel ill. I went to get tested

Oct. 15 - 2015 - results negative
Nov. 2 - 2015 - results negative
Dec. 7 - 2015 - results negative
Dec. 8 2015 - results negative
Jan. 4 2016 - results negative

Each one of these test was a rapid HIV testing. The health phyician told me I should be good. It's after the window period & Dec marks the 3 months wait. Do you think I should get tested again or I can stop worrying & trust my last test for sure? I want to live life again.
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Anonymous
Hi there! THanks for contacting us with your HIV related questions and concerns. We're happy to help!

I understand this must have been a very stressful situation for you, but great job on taking the initiative to not only protect yourself with a condom, but to also go ahead and get tested! Those are the best ways to protect yourself and be sure of your status at all times!

In Canada, all HIV tests are considered conclusive at 12 weeks post exposure (84 days). You've had several consecutive negative test results which is a great sign, and your last result was past this conclusive window, so congratulations on your negative results! THere is no need for you to test any further at all!
To put it in perspective, most people develop detectable antibodies in just 21-25 days. That means that extending the period to 84 days is to account for every possible case, so there is absolutely no need to test further than that. In fact, many countries and the World Health Organization are starting to change their guidelines to state that HIV tests are conclusive at just 6 weeks now, due to the high precision of the tests that are available in this day and age.

Overall, no need for you to be concerned or worry at all, so congratulations!

Sincerely,

Christina

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