Anonymous
I had multiple ECLIA tests. At 5,6,7 and 8 weeks, and rapid test at 59 days. All negative, after an unprotected contact. I have all kind of sympthoms (headache, swollen lymphs and muscular pain). Thank you!
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Anonymous
Hello, and thank you for contacting AidsVancouver Helpline. It is great to hear that you've been taking your health seriously and have been tested for HIV.

The ECLIA and the rapid test both look for antibodies against HIV. Most people develop detectable antibodies around 21-25 days post exposure, and therefore the ECLIA or rapid test can detect them after this period. According to the standards of the World Health Organization, 95% of HIV infections are detected by antibody tests within 4-6 weeks post-exposure. Therefore, your negative test results at 59 days (8 weeks) are a STRONG indication that you HIV negative. However, for "conclusive" test results the World Health Organization recommends a test after 12 weeks post exposure. If you like your test to be considered conclusive, I recommend partnering with a health care professional after 12 weeks and having one more test, although so far your tests indicate that most likely you are HIV negative.


I hope that answered your question. If you like more information, please contact our helpline again, or visit us at AidsVancouver.org.

In health,

Ali,

Helpline volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline

Phone: 604-253-0566 ext 299

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