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Question

Is a negative test after 3 months accurate?

Dear Sir,
I had sex with massage girl on June 08, 2007, she removed the condom from my penis 3-5 minutes before finishing the sex (vaginal sex).
Five weeks (37 days) after the exposure, I got HIV test and the result was negative. 91 days after exposure I got HIV test again for confirmation, the result is negative. My questions are:
1. Does it mean that I am really HIV negative?
2. Should I get HIV test again next December 2007 (6 months after exposure)?

Answer

To question #1: Unless you had another exposure risk during the 91 days period, then yes, the test shows that you are HIV-negative.

To question #2: In very rare cases it takes more than 40 days for the body to develop antibodies to HIV that can be picked up by the test. That is why it is a good idea to test again 3 months after the possible exposure, even though the chances of a positive result then are almost negligible.


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92 comments

  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Cibi,

    Even when someone is on medication for their HIV they will always test positive. This is because the meds control it, not cure it.

  2. Cibi

    I’m on Atroiza treatment. I don’t have any problem with my treatment. My question is, can I test HIV negative whilst taking Atrozia?

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