Anonymous
Hi,
I had a hiv test in ictc centre(kalimlpong-west bengal) which came back negative and it was 12 weeks after possible exposure. And the technician adviced me to get tested after 6 months(follow up test).
My question is
1- is indian government hiv test(ictc) reliable ?
2- can i rely on the report ?
3- can my report change into positive after 6 months ?
4- do i need to go for the follow up test ?
Please do answer. Thank you
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Anonymous
Hello There,

Thank you for posting on the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

1. All HIV tests are reliable.

2. You can rely on the test results that you have received since all HIV test results are conclusive at the 12 week point post exposure.

3. No, there is no chance for your test results to change unless you have exposed yourself to a risk activities associated with HIV.

The only conditions that would delay your test results for 6 months post exposure rather than 3 are the following:

* PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis)

* Cancer treatment (ask your doctor for which ones)

* Hep C Treatment

* Immunodeficiency which is diagnosed in infancy.

If you do not fall under any of these 4 categories, then you can fully rely on your current test results.

4. You do not need to go for a follow up test unless you fall under any of the above listed conditions.

Hope this helps!

Please let us know if we can provide any more information. Or if you would like to call and speak to someone at the Helpline, you can do so anonymously and confidentially by calling 604-696-4666, Monday to Friday between 9am-4pm.

All the Best,

Reeman

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

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