HIV Test at 7 weeks, 5 days - but CAN'T calm my mind

Originally Posted: 
Friday, April 1, 2011

Hi there,
Thank you for taking the time to answer this question. I tested negative after a test on March 24th, 2011 (I'm not sure which tests, but there were two results that go together, so I'm assuming it was a 4th gen. test?). I had unprotected vaginal sex with a guy whose status was unknown on January 30th, 2011, but I contracted chlamydia from him and am SERIOUSLY freaked out that HIV might have accompanied it.
I know that the negative test I received is encouraging, but I can't shake this anxious and nervous feeling I have. My doctor told me not to bother testing again until June or July, but I can't wait that long, and I plan to test in Toronto at the end of April at the 3-month mark. What are the chances a negative result could turn positive in four weeks? I know it's "rare," but I'm so worried, even though my doctor doesn't seem to be after I told him that the guy seemed healthy and that my immune system is generally healthy. That said, I didn't know ANYTHING about this guy except his age and his hometown, and I certainly didn't know he had chlamydia. This was the stupidest decision I've ever made and I have learned my lesson the hard way, I really have, but is there any solace to be found in a negative result after 7 weeks and 5 days? And will a rapid HIV test at 3 months be conclusive?
Thank you so much.


 Hi there,
Thank-you for using AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.
A 4th Generation test is considered conclusive after 6 weeks so if that was in fact the test that you had, your negative result is extremely accurate.
At this time, the "golden rule" in HIV testing is 3 months- meaning that everyone is reccomended to have another HIV test, to once again confirm their status at this time. This does not imply that the earlier results are in any way inaccurate but is rather, a further, conclusive confirmation of one's status. 
Also, Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted much more easily than HIV (Thankfully!). It can be transmitted by unprotected oral, anal or vaginal sex- if the man does not ejaculate and can be transmitted even if there are no noticeable symptoms. 
Also, 95% of infections are detectable after 4-6 weeks so, a negative HIV test result at almost 8 weeks is a very good indication that your test at 12 weeks will also be negative.
Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns,
All the best,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline
604.696.4666, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm


Submitted by Michael (not verified) on

Had sex in amsterdam sex worker don't no what the quality of the condom didn't break but I was wondering a HIV test 4generation at 7 weeks conclusive

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Hello and thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver online helpline as your source of HIV/AIDS related information.

For future reference, questions can also be submitted by filling out the appropriate portions of the "Ask a Question" box on the right.

As Monica stated in the above answer, a negative test result obtained at 6 weeks, if obtained via a 4th generation test, can be considered conclusive for no current HIV infection, provided that no further possible exposures have occurred. In addition, we do encourage all sexually active individuals to opt for regular STI (including HIV) testing. Depending on the individual, this may be on an annual, biannual, or every 3-4 month basis.

I hope this helped to answer your question and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further concerns.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

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