Anonymous
hello sir, recently i had a exposure which was my first ever exposure and it was anal with a guy WORST THING EVER. it was on 26march 2015. i had no symptoms developed but i have few palpable node in my neck. today 3may 2015 i got rapid test and i tested negative. should i rely on the result?if not when should i go for testing again and yea im circumcised and the insertive part was for a min or less later i wiped it off
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Anonymous
Hello, and thank you for contacting Aids Vancouver Helpline. It is great to hear that you were tested and the results were negative.

First, I like to address that we don't go by symptoms, since any symptoms could be due to other infections, such as a cold or a flu. The only accurate way of knowing your HIV status is by having a test done. The rapid test that you had looks for antibodies generated by your body against HIV. The antibodies generally are detectable within 3-4 weeks. About 95% of HIV infections will show in the rapid test within 4-6 weeks. Therefore, your test at 5 weeks was a STRONG indication that you are HIV negative. However, for the test to be considered "conclusive", it needs to be done after 12 weeks post exposure (3 months). This is going by the more conservative standards of the World Health Organization. Therefore, just to be safe I recommend another test at 12 weeks, although I wouldn't worry since most likely you are HIV negative.

I hope I answered your question. If you like more information feel free to contact us again, or visit us at AidsVancouver.org.

In health,

Ali,

Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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