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hello I am a female 25 years old.i had unprotected(vaginal and oral)sex with one of my friend in nov 2013.its been more than 1 year 6 months since that incident and never engaged in intercourse after that.unaware of his HIV status I am stressed and 5 days back(may 2015)I got tested for HIV 1/2 viruses by TRIDOT at a local diagnostic centre and the result came non reactive.i got tested only once as it is non reactive.so my question is do I have to get tested again by tridot or any other HIV tests or is this single test conclusive?am I HIV free?this is really stressing me out and am I eligible to get married and have children In the future?i do not believe in multiple partners.can any vaccinations alter the test results by any chance?can any contraceptives affect the test results.plzzz respond.will be waiting for your reply.thank you
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I am happy to answer your questions.

You may be happy to learn that all HIV test results are considered conclusive 3 months post exposure. Since you had your test well over a year past your exposure, they are conclusive. Congratulations on your negative result! You do not require further testing unless you have had a more recent high-risk exposure (which I don't believe you have, given the information you gave in your post). Remember that it is not the amount of tests you take that determine its accuracy, but *when* the test is taken that is important.

In terms of being HIV negative, you are eligible for marriage and children in the future. However, I would speak to your doctor about having children, as there is a possibility of you having other medical barriers I am not aware about. Please also note that even if you were HIV positive, this doesn't mean that you cannot get married! There are many ways to control the virus within the body with new advances in drugs, etc. that give HIV positive people a close-to-normal or normal lifespan!

Finally, there are only 4 things that can alter test results: antiviral treatment for hepatitis C, chemotherapy, PEP treatment for HIV, and other immunodeficiency diseases. Birth control and vaccinations have no effect on your test results.

I hope I have answered your questions and provided you with some relief. If you have any more, feel free to visit our website again or contact us via this form of phone.

Sincerely,

Caroline

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online Volunteer

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm PST

604-253-0566 ext 299

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