Anonymous
hello

1st of all thank you for answering my quetion and sorry for another question i promise this my last question.

ok, i already got my 12 weeks result non reactive in rapid hiv 1/2 antibody test ict... so i tested in 2nd,3rd,4th,6th,8th,10th,12nd weeks is my test is conclusive i ask the nurse who extract blood in me she said the window period is 6months.
my question is:
1. do i need to test in 6months?
2. is the rapid test here in philipines is reliable?
3.why other group saying 6months is the conclusive and some 3months?
4.have you seen false negative in 12weeks?
5.did antibiotics and anti allergies affect my test?
by the way im healthy living person i dont drink and smoke...and i dont get sick easily
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for choosing the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of information.

Based on the the World Health Organization's (WHO) guidelines for test, HIV tests are all conclusive at 3 months (12 weeks). The results from tests take at 3 months post possible exposure are an accurate indication of your HIV status. There are few reasons why certain individuals may need to get retested at 6 months. Theses include: being on chemotherapy, being on PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis), being on a Hepatitis C treatment, and having a pre-existing immuno-related disorder. If none of these conditions apply to you, then you would not need to get re-tested at 6 months.

I don't see why the rapid test in Philippines wouldn't be reliable. I cannot really give you a definitive answer to your question, given that I don't live in that region. One would assume that all healthcare institutes would provide the same level of adequate services, regardless of the region/country.
Some organizations and institutes recommend a 6 month window period, as per their guideline for HIV testing. Here at the AIDS Vancouver Helpline follow the WHO guidelines for HIV testing.

We don't have information available to us regarding false negatives at 12 weeks and we are not able to comment on that, because we don't have record of all false negatives and HIV tests globally. With that being said, we here at AIDS Vancouver have not come across a false negative at 12 weeks.

And finally, no, antibiotics and anti-allergies medications don not interfere with HIV tests and their accuracy.

If you have further questions, about testing and HIV in general, feel free to reach out to a healthcare professional in your area.

In health,
Moe- AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer.
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