Anonymous
Hello
I had unprotected oral sex with prostitute (goving).

Before testing i read instruction for Allere Determine Hiv Rapid test and have found the following:

 A negative result for both antibodies to HIV and p24 antigen does not preclude the
possibility of exposure to or infection with HIV-1 or HIV-2 viruses.

Does it mean that that negative result may be incorrect ater 6 months after exposure?

Thanks
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I will be more than glad to answer your questions.

An HIV rapid test, just like any other medical test, is never 100% accurate. There is generally due to human error. However, if the rapid test is taken after 3 months, it is over 99.9% accurate, and the result is considered "conclusive". There has not been any documented cases of anyone's HIV status changing after testing negative 3 months post-exposure.

Also, I'd like to mention that "giving" oral sex is a low risk activity, meaning that there have been some, but not many cases of HIV transmission are reported due to this activity. In such cases there are usually other factors that have increased the risk of transmission, such as the presence of cuts or sores.

Sincerely,

Ali


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