Anonymous
hello and thank you for your great job .
I have some questions about my condition .
I had unprotected sex with an unknown HIV status woman 3 months ago .
and I had used prednisolone (a kind of cortisone ) from 6 months ago with a high dose (45 mg per day ) .
and I read it's an immune suppressive drug and could affect HIV window period .
my question is this , could and medication and drug such as corticostriods affect on HIV window period ?
I test negative 3 months after exposure and it was negative , is this test conclusive or do I need more test in future ?
and you said medication for cancer and Hepatitis C could affect HIV window period . and if affect how long is the maximum long of window period for those Patient ?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of HIV-related information.

There are no known factors that attribute a test or body response to the virus. Some may be suggested to follow up at 6 months only if a person 1) has pre-existing immunodeficiency, 2) undergoing chemotherapy/hepatitis C treatment or 3) has taken pose-exposure prophylaxis for HIV. However 6-month follow us is just a precocious measurement and it is extremely rare for those to obtain a changed result even after 3 months.

With that being said,
- No, you being on prednisolone has no effect on a result or your body response to the virus.
- Yes, your result at 3 months is in fact conclusive and no further test is necessary.

If you have any doubt about your result, I encourage you to speak with your doctor and/or you may wish to get tested again at 6 months although it is not necessary. If you decide to do so, you can expect a result to be same, provided that there have no other high risk activities (unprotected anal/vaginal sex or sharing needles) during this period.

Hopefully your questions are answered.
If you have any other questions/concerns, please feel free to write us back.

Stay healthy and keep smiling,
Yoshiko
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