Is Rapid testing at 6 weeks conclusive ?
I had unprotected vaginal sex, 6 weeks after that exposure I went to a local clinic and had a rapid HIV test done. I tested negative for HIV, how reliable is this result? I'm going to get retested, I'm really nervous that it might be positive.
Thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver as your resource for HIV related questions.
While unprotected vaginal sex is considered 'high risk', testing is the only way to know of transmission. The rapid test you took has a window period of 4 weeks to 3 months, with 95% of infections detected at 4-6 weeks. If you feel that this 95% is not enough to help with your anxiety, a second antibody test at 3 months will be considered conclusive.
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