Anonymous
I had a high risk exposure (unprotected anal) and I have been terrified ever since.

I have tested negative 4 times.

7 weeks oraquick finger prick

10 weeks at home oraquick oral test

10 weeks oraquick finger prick

16 weeks at home oraquick oral test

The at home tests were done following the how to video step by step.

Am I in the clear?

Also I had gastric bypass surgery in 2007. Would that delay anything? Please help!
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Anonymous
Hello there and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of HIV-related information.

It is always great to hear you are taking charge of your health and getting tested when you feel it is needed.

All HIV tests performed by a healthcare provider are conclusive and definite at/after 3 months (!2 weeks) post possible exposure. Although a home test kit is not approved in Canada hence we encourage people to get tested by a healthcare provider, you got in fact tested at 10 weeks and this was negative. Thank you for the additional information about how you performed OraQuick test by yourself. It seems like you followed exactly what the instruction says. So you may wish to take the result as accurate and reliable. However again, as this is not approved in Canada where the AIDS Vancouver locates and we have to follow the local guidelines from the British Colombia Centre for Disease Control, I still need to suggest you to go for another test just in case. But if you are confident with the result at 16 weeks and based on the result at 10 weeks, it is up to you to let this go.

Having surgery previously (or even currently) or taking any medications/supplements/herbal supplements do not attribute to a test result or your body response to the virus; our body is smarter than you think.

On a final note, having unprotected anal/vaginal sex does not guarantee HIV transmission; without the HIV+ bodily fluids, it is impossible and even with HIV+ bodily fluids, it is still a possibility, not guarantee. HIV is harder to acquire than you think. HIV is one of many sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and some of them are easily transmitted from unprotected sex. If you have not tested for STIs, I encourage you to do so for peace of your mind.

Hopefully you find the information helpful.
If you have any other questions/concerns, please feel free to write us back.

Stay healthy and keep smiling,
Yoshiko
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