Anonymous
Hi there and all my regards for what you are doing to counsel and inform about HIV
I tested 32 days while on pep with rapid test, and the result was negative.
Is it true that the pep can affect the result? can i see the result being positive in next weeks?
Thank you
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline forum.

It sounds like you're interested in the accuracy of your test results.

The short answer to your question is yes, taking post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) can affect your HIV test results.
There are 4 things that can affect the accuracy of HIV test results:

1.) Taking antiviral treatment for Hepatitis C;

2.) Receiving cancer treatment (such as chemotherapy);

3.) Taking post exposure prophylaxis (PEP); and

4.)The presence of other immunodeficiency diseases.

If you have been taking PEP it is recommended to take an HIV test 3 months after finishing PEP for conclusive results. This means after taking PEP for 28 days (the typical amount of time to take it) you would want to wait 84 additional days before getting re-tested, this means a total of 112 days after exposure is when you would get conclusive results.

For more information on HIV testing and PEP you can always check out the AIDS Vancouver website.

I hope this information helps to answer your question and feel free to contact us again with further questions.

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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