Anonymous
Hi I got 4th Gen combo and pcr rna test right after 8 weeks after an exposure with a woman of unknown status in Quebec. My results were negative.

I saw some posts on this helpline saying they are conclusive but you guys follow WHO guidelines of 12 weeks. It's a bit confusing saying they are conclusive but we follow WHO guidelines.

Can you please clarify if they are conclusive or need to be tested at 12 weeks (84 days) or 13 weeks (91 days)? Also can you share those WHO guidelines here please?

Please answer these. Thanks for your time
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source of HIV/AIDS-related information.

Most HIV specialists consider the 4th generation duo test to be a strong indication of your status at 6 weeks post-exposure. However, the World Health Organization requires testing at 12 weeks (84 days) post exposure to receive conclusive results. Here at the Helpline, we follow WHO guidelines, and therefore suggest that you get tested at 12 weeks post exposure in order to receive absolutely conclusive results. A negative 4th generation test result is unlikely to change from 8 weeks to 12 weeks.

I hope that I have addressed your concerns. Please feel free to contact us again should you have any further questions.

In health,

Natalie,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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