kapanak
hi.
I'm 23 years old girl from Iran.
Forgive me because of my bad english.
I had unprotected sex 1 year and 2 month ago and protected sex 5 month ago.
I had rapid test 16 and 21 weeks after what i said and both of them was negative.
my question is,
doctors in tehran, Iran say that if i take hep c and hiv at same time my window period become to 6 months.
i dont know i have hep c or not.
what shout i do? repeat after 6 month? or my tests after 3 month are enough?
and my second question is,
is rapid test accurate? or should i give test with 4th generation to be sure i am negative?
please help me.
thank you.
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helpline-volunteer

Hello,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the accuracy of a rapid point-of-care (POC) test. The rapid point-of-care (POC) test has an accuracy of 99.6%. 

The window period of this test is 4 weeks to 3 months (although up to 95% of infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks). Most people develop detectable antibodies in 21-25 days. With you taking the test at 16 and 21 weeks later (4-5 months later ) you can consider the test conclusive to be negative (1). 


Recommendation: Refer to a healthcare professional for more personalized answers.

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