Anonymous
My Immune Chromatographic Technique (ICT strip) HIV test came negative in 7 months after my unsafe sex with unknown girl but i'm not sure is ICT more acceptable or accurate ?

Also i have some skin rash on chest with no pain or ache it dose not disrupt me but i'm scar maybe it has relate to HIV symptoms

I hope to hear from yours thanks
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. As a volunteer and not a medical professional, I am unable to comment on the acceptability of the ICT strip. The standard tests that are recommended for HIV testing in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization are the 3rd generation EIA (enzyme immunoassay antibody) and 4th generation EIA that looks for antibodies and antigens. Results from these tests are conclusive at 12 weeks after exposure. There are other rapid tests available but for a conclusive result it is recommended that testing be done at 12 weeks (84 days).

I suggest that you speak with your doctor or the laboratory where you had your testing to get an explanation of the ICT.

There are no symptoms that are consistently associated with HIV that can be used to diagnose. Only testing will tell you whether or not you have acquired HIV. If you test negative, then the symptoms you are experiencing are not related to HIV. I encourage you to see a doctor to discuss those symptoms.

Best wishes,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer

helpline@aidsvancouver.org

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