12 week OraQuick

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
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It's been a long road but am relieved to say that my 12 week (84 days) OraQuick in-home test is NEGATIVE! Would you consider this latest negative result to be conclusive given all 4 of my tests (1 HIV serology and 3 OraQuicks) over the past 12 weeks have all been negative? Looking to move on... THANK YOU!

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

In Canada, the use of in-home testing is not approved, given that the error rate is significantly increased as compared to lab/point-of-care based testing. As such, you may wish to test again at a clinic, though I will leave that up to you. Canadian HIV testing guidelines state that a negative test result (lab or point-of-care) obtained at or after 12 weeks post exposure is conclusive for no current HIV infection, provided that there have not been any further exposures in the interim. I certainly think that a negative OraQuick result would give you a good indicator of your status, and provide this information to allow you to make an informed decision about your health.

In addition, we do recommend that all sexually active individuals opt for regular STI testing (including HIV) for their safety and the safety of their partners. 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,

Jonathan
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

Phone: 604.696.4666 (Mon-Fri 0900-1600 PST)
E-mail: helpline@aidsvancouver.org
Website: www.aidsvancouver.org/helpline

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