Testing at 24 Days
I had an accupunture 24 days ago. I took a Rapid HIV antibody test and it came back negative. How accurate is this result?
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You may find it helpful to know that acupuncture with sterilized or new equipment does not put you in any risk of contracting HIV. There have been no reported cases of someone acquiring an HIV infection through acupuncture using sterile or new equipment. Even acupuncture with non-sterile equipment is considered a low risk activity. It is highly unlikely that, even if the needles were not sterile, HIV could be transmitted this way. The virus itself cannot survive for very long when exposed to oxygen outside the human body so, even if the acupuncture needle contained a small amount of HIV-infected blood, there is a very good chance that the virus would die within minutes of being exposed to the air without a host cell. Furthermore, certified acupuncture clinics must abide by special guidelines and protocols to ensure they always use sterile/new equipment, or else these clinics would be shut down pretty quickly.
The Rapid Test can detect 95% of infections with 4-6 weeks (28-42 days). That being said, you did get tested during the window period for HIV seroconversion (the time period where your body is producing antibodies to fight an HIV infection). HIV testing guidelines recommend a final, conclusive HIV test at 3 months post exposure to ensure that you are testing after the window period.
I hope you find this information useful. Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.
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