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HIV test after 42 days

I had unprotected sex with a lady who tested positive a week after the incident. I tested with rapid Home test Kit (Bio-sure and HomeMed) at 21, 25, 28, 30, 35 , 42 and 45 days with all tests being negative ( two different brands on each test). What are my chances of these changing to positive?

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Becky Smith, BioSURE UK LTD
 Work on 10th June 2020

Hi KK786, A negative result at 90 days post possible exposure is wholly reliable and conclusive - you do not need to retest. I hope this helps to put your mind at rest, if you have any other questions feel free to leave them below. Thank you Becky

 Used on 10th June 2020

Hi , I had protected sex on 17/11/19 and test HIV through BioSure self testing kit on 15/02/20 well after 12 weeks n almost 90 days later result was negative and it was a big relief .. my question is :is that enough time frame to check and how reliable this result is as I tested my self on 90th day /almost 13 weeks ago which is negative after having a protected sex ... You prompt reply will be highly appreciated Regards

 Used on 28th April 2020

Thanks Lucky one and Becky... I will have to stay positive and remain calm till 12 weeks... Which is now 5 weeks away... Another test today was negative... Im only testing again at 60days and 90 days... Thanks again

Lucky one (survivor)
 Used on 28th April 2020

Hi EB Your exienty is probably skyrocketing. I went through what you are going through right now, last year. Fortunately for me I tested negative after 12 weeks, which was the greatest relief ever. And yes I was using biosure hiv test kits. There's a big chance that you're negative however you can only be certain after 12 weeks. My advice is to keep calm though not easy, try to stay away from Google for now because not all information is from reliable people /organizations. If possible get someone you trust whom you can confide to. At one point I was do depressed I almost did something stupid to myself. Good luck, stay strong.

Becky Smith, BioSURE UK LTD
 Work on 28th April 2020

Hi EB, Using the BioSURE HIV self test, you would always need to retest after 12 weeks for a conclusive result. The reason we have a 12 week window period is to allow the body to produce enough antibodies for the test to be able to give an accurate result. At 6 weeks, 95% of people will have produced enough antibodies. So there is a chance that your body has produced enough antibodies to give an accurate result. However, we can not say for sure if you are one of those who produce enough antibodies by 6 weeks. The fact that you have tested negative at 45 days is a good indication but I would always recommend to retest at 12 weeks post exposure for a conclusive result. Kindest regards, Becky

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