Anonymous
Is there anything that can allow you to have a false negative after 8 months testing? I had a hiv test at 8 months and it was negative. I had a low risk oral experience both received and given, with someone whos status i didnt know. I have been tested for every sti, including herpes etc. But for some reason I just have a OCD about these things. Ive been sick a couple of times and my OCD kicks in. I was wondering what disease could make hiv take longer than 8 months. Ex, like Tb, cancer,,?? Can those thing stop it from showing. Or am I just looking for more reasons to be scared?
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Anonymous
 
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver online helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.
International HIV testing guidelines suggest that individuals with confounding factors undergo retesting at 6 months for conclusive results, versus at 3 months for individuals with no confounding factors. Confounding factors would include things like certain cancers and their treatments, or treatment for hepatitis virus infections. Testing at 8 months will produce a conclusive result regardless of possible confounding factors. As such, you can take your negative result as conclusive for no current HIV infection, provided that you have not had any possible exposures in the interim. It may be of reassurance to you to learn that the odds of acquiring HIV from an HIV+ individual by performing oral sex on them is approximately 1 in 10 000, since oral sex is a low risk activity for contracting HIV & moreover, we do not know of any cases of HIV acquisition from receiving oral sex.
Giving oral sex is considered a low risk while receiving oral sex is considered a negligible risk, which means that there is no confirmed reported case of HIV transmission this way.
It is also good to remember that saliva is not the bodily fluids that can pass the virus and an enzyme in saliva actually inhibits the virus from entering the bloodstream.
False negatives typically only occur during or before the window period for HIV testing (4-12 weeks) and you can rely on the accuracy of your test results at 8 months post possible exposure.
In general, we do recommend that all sexually active individuals go for STI (including HIV) testing regularly, for their safety and the safety of their partners. So, if you are sexually active this is a practice you may wish to consider.
I hope this helped to answer your questions, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
All the best,
JonathanAIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
helpline@aidsvancouver.org604.696.4666 (Mon-Fri 0900-1600)www.aidsvancouer.org/helpline
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