Anonymous
Hi,

I'm really stressed and wondered if you can please answer a question based on my test results below and timings from the potential risk.

Potential Risk - insertive vaginal sex unprotected with a person classed as a low risk

Testing in the uk.

Duo Test 21 days post exposure came back reactive then after further tests of the same sample came back negative.

Duo test 30 days post exposure came back equivocal on the initial tests then equivical on further testing of the same sample. I had a rapid antibody poct test that came back negative at the same time.

Duo test 32 days post exposure came back equivocal on the initial tests then equivical on further testing of the same sample. I had a rapid antibody poct test that came back negative at the same time.

*Rapid poct 4th generation ( antibody/antigen) test negative on initial assessment then sent of to the lab which confirmed it was negative. The hospital also did full blood work which included antibody/ antigen test which was negative! These tests where 37 days post exposure at two different locations and all came back negative!

*Question - despite having reactive/negative and equivical results surely I can rely on my latest test* which both came back straight negative? If the original test at 21/30/32 days showed reactive negative then two equivocal these must surely be related to something else in my body that is causing these results other than hiv as my latest test 37 days post exposure would/should have come back with equivical, reactive negative or positive if I had hiv? Surely two tests at a later date from two different laboratories can't be wrong and would have detected the antigens/antibodies if indeed they where the cause of my initial reactive/negative and equivical results? Hiv antigens/antibodies wouldnt disappear out of my system and not show up in a test a week later?

Confused and stressed massively. I will test at 3 months but some thoughts on the matter would be appricated.

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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

The majority of HIV tests have the most conclusive results when taken 12 weeks (3 months) or more after exposure. So you are right in taking another test after 3 months have passed. About 95% of tests have conclusive results when taken 4-6 weeks after exposure, but we always recommend taking a test at 12 weeks for conclusive results. There is often no clear reason why HIV tests sometimes come back with unclear results. The reason could be as simple as a problem with the blood sample or lab equipment. When there is a problem with test results the only real solution is to test again.

My recommendation would be to get another test for conclusive results after 3 months have passed. Hopefully there will be no problems with the test results at this time, however, if there is taking another test should come up with clear results.

For more information about HIV you can always visit the AIDS Vancouver website or CATIE.ca.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

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