Anonymous
Hello. Thank you for providing assistance to people around the world.

I am searching for consensous about the reliability of test results after extremely high risk. My partner tested postive for HIV more than 3 months ago. We had had unprotected anal sex for 4 years. Miraculously I have tested NEGATIVE 5 times on a Roche HIV Combi PT test 4th Generation Combo, all tests done at the same lab on the same Roche test kit. 1st test 5 days post last exposure, negative. 2nd test 25 days post last exposure, negative. 3rd test 41 days post last exposure, negative. 4th test 66 days post last exposure. Final 5th test at 89 days, 12 weeks 5 days to comply with requirements for conclusive results, NEGATIVE.

My question is, given my extremely high risk and pretest probability to be infected, can I really truely believe these test results.

Do I need to test at a different lab on a different test kit to make sure.

Or can I really truely believe I am HIV negative after this.

Thanks.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for choosing the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source for HIV related information. It is not clear whether the test you describe was self administered at home or through a professional health care provider and laboratory. If it was done by health care professional services then the results could be considered valid and accurate, but if you did the testing yourself, in Canada it is still recommend that you be tested at or after 12 weeks for a conclusive negative result. Having unprotected sex with a person living with HIV does not guarantee HIV transmission, but it remains possible. Use of condoms and water-based lubricant is still your best defence in avoiding the transmission of HIV infection.You will need to consider periodic testing for yourself in this situation. If this does not answer your question, please do not hesitate to contact the Helpline again.
All the best,
Marnelle
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