Sometimes a thread jump raises an issue of value to all users. This issue has been explained before, but it bears repeating.
Throughout MedHelp's forums, users have one or more options for community forums at no cost, where comments may come from any user, regardless of expertise. For guaranteed professional expertise, the professional forums are available for a fee.
My understanding is that Teak has no official relationship with MedHelp. He provides valuable comments and replies to questions on the HIV community forum, strictly as a volunteer helping people. His advice is always helpful and there is virtually 100% agreement between us on potential exposures that are or are not risky for HIV infection.
However, Teak always sticks to the offiical recommendations (in the US) about the time to reliable HIV test results ("window period"), which we do not necessarily do on this forum. Different window periods are official in other countries and according to various experts, depending on the specific test (or combination of tests) that may be done. In addition, the historic/official 3 month interval applies only to the antibody tests; adding tests for the virus itself (p24 antigen, NAATs for HIV DNA or RNA) typically shortens the interval.
In various threads and comments, Dr. Hook and I have explained why intervals shorter than 3 months usually are conclusive despite the official advice from test manufacturers and most public health agendies. It's laregely because of regulations in the US about marketing diagnostic tests. See the thread liked below.