Anonymous
Hello,

I've had an oraquick test at 6 weeks, 8 week, and 83 days post exposure. All test were negative. Is a test at 83 days considered negative? Or do I need to test again at 90 days? Thanks
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Anonymous
Hello!

It sounds like you're uncertain about your results from the oraquick tests. Thank you for coming to us at AIDS Vancouver for help!

While I'm happy to hear you were proactive in getting tested, we actually don't recommend home testing. For one, there's a lot more human error to be accounted for when testing yourself and false positives are all too common with this type of equipment. Also, the same level of support can't be provided in comparison to testing with a health care professional. Can you imagine testing positive when you're all alone at home? Scary stuff.

At AIDS Vancouver we follow guidelines set by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and these guidelines state three months post exposure for conclusive results. That being said, guidelines vary depending upon your region and while your results are a strong indication of your status, we recommend further testing at this time in partnership with a health care professional.

Here's a list of testing centres in Canada: and the US: I hope you find this response helpful. Let us know if there's anything else we can do for you!

In Health,

Jeremy

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E-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.org
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