Anonymous
Hello guys, I may have been exposed to HIV due to Needle injection, so to be safe I got tested. my question is does the window period differ in this case or is it the same as the other types of risks such as vaginal intercourse etc? Particularly regarding the medical expert statement that testing at 6 weeks is considered conclusive. I have tested at 6 and a half weeks at the lab and did a home oraquick test at 12 weeks. I would like to make sure that I do not need to do anything extra for my case which wouldn't be required otherwise for other risk sources. Thank you
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you have some questions about the window period of some tests you've had. We're happy to answer your questions for you.

Window period is not effected by the type of exposure, so the fact that you were exposed through injection does not alter the window period of tests in any way. It depends what kind of test we're talking about, but the DUO test is sometimes stated as having a window period of 6 weeks. In Canada, however, we still go by guidelines saying this test is conclusive at 12 weeks (or 3 months). The WHO has stated that this test is conclusive at 6 weeks. It's up to you which authority you'd rather go by. In Canada, home tests are also not approved for use. This is mainly due to questions over their accuracy and lack of support for people who find out they are positive in this way. So based on Canadian guidelines, we'd recommend you go for another test just to confirm your status. We'd say that your tests to date are pretty good indicators of your present status, however.

Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question. We hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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