Anonymous
Hi,

my exposure is 1 time unprotected vaginal sex with unknown std status girl. i found out that this girl had sex with unknown guy too 2 weeks before our contact then i get paranoid because in our country hiv is getting higher everyday and have symptoms like tonsil stone and fordyce spot in my upper lips. thats why i talk to her and i convince her to get tested 3 weeks before her last contact to other guy.. she had ict rapid test 1/2 ab and the result is non reactive...and i get tested too in 2,4,5,6,8,10 weeks with the same test..
question is:
1.what are the accuracy of ict rapid antibody test 1/2 and what is it generation i ask all the nurse here and they have no idea.
2. what are the chance that my test will turn positive in 13 weeks.
3. is my symptoms is related to hiv if not what is the caused of it?
please help me by answering this question because im so stressed and anxious

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Anonymous
Hello There,

Thank you for posting on the AIDS Vancouver Helpline Forum.

Unprotected sex is a high risk activity which means studies have repeatedly associated this activity with HIV infection.

1. It is 99.6% accurate. The 4th Generation EIA test is 99.9% accurate. However, all HIV test results are conclusive 3 months post exposure.

2. We have never seen test results change past the 6 weeks post exposure, therefore, we do not suspect that your results would change if you got retested as long as you had no additional exposures after that.

3.We do not associate symptoms with HIV as there are no clinically identifiable symptoms associated to HIV. We rely on test results for HIV diagnosis. I suggest you partner with a doctor to understand more about the cause of the symptoms you have been experiencing.

At AIDS Vancouver, we recommend all sexually active individuals to get regular testing for HIV and other STIs. It is therefore recommended that you make it a part of your routine if it is not already.

Hope this helps!

Please let us know if we can provide any more information. Or if you would like to call and speak to someone at the Helpline, you can do so anonymously and confidentially by calling 604-696-4666, Monday to Friday between 9am-4pm.

All the Best,

Reeman

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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