I require some clarification about the window period.
I had a unprotected vaginal sex for several minutes due to condom break with a stripper.
I tested negative using DUO at 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 16 weeks.
I was feeling OK after my conclusive test, however my anxiety is being fueled again because I have to take an HIV test soon (For Visa procedures.)
Why would a test at 3 months be considered 99.9% conclusive and not 100%?
Some HIV specialists - such as Dr. Bob - still recommend 6 months only if the client has been exposed to a known HIV positive client.
(I think this is nonsense because most people who get HIV get it from an unknown exposure!)
Is there a slight chance my test now (Around 6-7 months post-exposure) would come back positive?
Or would be 16 weeks test be considered 100% conclusive and it's impossible to test positive again?
Of course, I did not have any sexual exposure, of any kind, since then.
In an adult, a positive HIV antibody test result means that the person is infected, a person with a negative or inconclusive result may be in the “window for 4 to 6 weeks but occasionally up to 3 months after HIV exposure. Persons at high risk who initially test negative should be retested 3 months after exposure to confirm results
Yes, but why does CDC state in their Website the following:
"A few people will have a longer window period, so if you get a negative test result in the first 3 months after possible exposure, you should get a repeat test after 3 months. Ninety-seven percent of people will develop antibodies in the first 3 months after they are infected. In very rare cases, it can take up to 6 months to develop antibodies to HIV."
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