Anonymous
First I thank you for this helpful Q and A website. Last 5 weeks, i had protected sex with a commercial girl. But i did not check the quality as well as the condition of condom after usage due to the fact i was a bit drunk and it was my first time. However, the condom had remained intact. I got scared for the whole month. I just did a blood test today, called rapid test for hiv infection ( in 20 mns i got the result). Result came out " negative" in the row the doctor ticked " Determine" while Serodia and Elisa column were left unmarked. But i don't know how accurate it is within the a month exposure? what does " Determine" mean and why they ticked on determine Not others like Elisa? should i do further test?

I do hope you can give me some clarification on that. I apologize if my writing is not comprehensive enough. Please don't mind this. I do appreciate your work.

Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question.

It seems you are concerned whether the test results you got from a Rapid Test are accurate. We are glad to provide some information.

1. All tests that are done in a test center follow a specific guideline to ensure that they are accurate. This includes the Rapid Test. The fact that you got your results in minutes does not compromise the accuracy of the test. That is why that particular test is called Rapid. We are sure that the result is accurate.

2. Serodia and Elisa are different kinds of tests. They were not done for you that is why they were not ticked.

3. The Rapid test is known to provide 95% accuracy after 4 weeks of the exposure activity. For conclusive results it is recommended that one gets tested 3 months after the exposure activity. With regards to your question on whether you should go for further tests we would encourage you to do that at 12 weeks or thereafter for you to get conclusive results.

There are additional postings related to your question on our Online Helpline Forum. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Lawrence

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