Anonymous
Halo,
I am ian from kenya, kindly tell me posibilities of my results.
I hard unprotected sex with a lady only to come and realize that she is hiv positive the next day, i took pep after 48hrs but i only took it for 2 days and stoped . I later did a hiv test after 74 days of exposure bt it was hiv negative i dont know how to clasify that type of test but what i know it tests for antibodies, its a strip that has 2 parts diveded by a bold blue colour, you put blood then add bufer and then you wait for results after 5 min. I was told by my doctor that the posibilities that my status will change is very slim. Should i still be woried or not. I have never experienced any signs and symptoms like fever, weight loss, swelling nodes, reshes or anything else, it only that i have had a headache for a day since i did my last test, in any case i have still had sex with my wife and my wife alone, for her i am sure she is hiv negative, she took the same test yesterday and she is negative , and now that she is still negative i am also negative too because i understand she can have accurate results after 4 to five weeks, she tested on her 5th week after exposure
Regards
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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 results of a recent HIV test after a high risk encounter. We're happy to answer your questions for you.

Unprotected sex, as you might know, is considered a high risk activity. High risk means that of the transmissions that have occurred, most have occurred due to activities such as these. It does not mean a transmission occurred in your case. To see the risks associated with this and any other common activities, we encourage you to check out our [risk assessment page](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart).

Here is a bit more information on the RAPID test:
Test Name Method Window Period Conditions
Rapid or “Point-of-Care” Blood or oral swab test that looks for antibodies. Up to 95% of infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks post exposure. Most people develop detectable antibodies in 21-25 days. The rapid test is a type of 3rd Generation test. Two forms available: finger prick blood sample or oral swab. Oral swab test is most common in the U.S. but due to false positives in Canada it is not approved and blood collection is more likely. Many places in the U.S. and abroad may charge a fee for rapid testing. Conclusive at 3 months post exposure

You'll see that this test is considered conclusive at 3 months (or 90 days) post exposure. Your doctor is right in that your results probably won't change, but to know your status conclusively, you'll need to go for another test after 90 days post exposure. This is also true if your wife were exposed, and say you were positive. Her status is not conclusive until at least 90 days post exposure (since you've had sex with her).

As for your absence of symptoms, note that HIV is never diagnosed based on symptoms alone. HIV testing is the only way to know your status conclusively.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your questions. We hope they've been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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