My father had died in may 2014 due to HIV, we don't he has HIV. Before five days of his death we take him to the test center at government hospital, he was declared as positive, then my mother and my brother also tested both of them are negative. They said to my mom "after three months you should be tested", she is tested after five months (October) she is negative and again after three months (December) she is tested and she is Hiv negative. she is worrying and feel insecure about that. whether my mom was free of HIV infection? The kit used was combo aids kit.
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you have a question about an HIV test your mom had. We're happy to answer your question for you.

Here is a bit more information on the COMBO or DUO tests your mom had:

You'll see in the chart that this test is considered conclusive, meaning the results are taken as accurate, 3 months post exposure. Your mom has had tests after this, so those tests would show her status conclusively. She is presently HIV negative and does not require further testing.

Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.


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4th Generation EIA Blood test that looks for antibodies AND p24 protein antigens. Commonly referred to as the "combination," "combo" or "DUO" test. P24 protein is detectable immediately after infection but only for the first few weeks. The antibody (ab) test has a window period of 4-12 weeks post exposure. This test is widely available in North America. Most HIV specialists consider this test to be conclusive at 6 weeks but official HIV testing guidelines still recommend re-testing at 12 weeks for conclusive results. Conclusive at 3 months post exposure. |