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Testing at 9 weeks

I had unprotected sex with a man a few times on the same night. 3 weeks later i noticed a rash on my legs, but i had shaved the night before using new shaving gel and bubble bath. i never had a fever but did have joint pain in my wrist but had also been decorating. did a test at 9 weeks came out negitive. awaiting test results fron the local gum clinic as also went there for a full screening. just wanted to know my chances of it staying negitive. the guy i sleep with said he had a test last year because his ex cheated and got the all clear.

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Becky Smith, BioSure UK LTD
 Work on 23rd February 2021

Hi Moses, A negative result at 9 weeks is a really good indication of your status however if you are using a 2nd generation HIV Self Test like BioSure's then you must retest at 12 weeks for a conclusive result. I hope this helps. All the best, Bec

Moses
 None on 17th February 2021

Nine weeks after exposure, burning urine (gonorrhea treated), weak joints, stiff neck. Negative point of care test (rapid antibody) at nine weeks. Will it change to positive at 12 weeks?

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

Hi Nayayw, It depends on the window period of the test that you have carried out. The BioSURE HIV self test has a window period of 12 weeks so you would always have to retest after 12 weeks for a conclusive result. A result inside of the window period can be used as an indication but cannot be relied upon wholly and may change depending on when within the window period you test. Kindest regards, Becky

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

Hi Bubukie, It depends on which test the doctor carried out. Usually they perform fourth generation tests so these have a window period of around 4 weeks. I would recommend getting in contact with the doctor who performed your test to ask about the window period and conclusivity of your results. Kindest regards, Becky

NayAyw
 Work on 23rd April 2020

After 3 weeks HIV RNA test did not detect and after 40 and 64 days antibody tests were negative . In 3 months or 6 months might my result change?

Bubukie
 None on 19th April 2020

Had sex with an Escort using a Condom, but when we finished I suspect she did something when she took out the Condom, I had flu like symptoms after two weeks, Body itching, and Headache. 10 weeks after the exposure took a test from the doctor it was Negative. There are some chances that I can be Positive?

Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Work on 10th October 2019

Hi Holy, don't apologise for your question - we always do our best to help. Unfortunately we are unable to comment on the accuracy of your past tests as i am not an expert. If you wish to put your mind at rest with BioSure, a negative test is deemed conclusive 12 weeks post exposure. I hope this makes sense. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd .......................................................  Merhaba Holy, sorunuz için özür dileme - biz her zaman yardım etmek için elimizden gelenin en iyisini yaparız. Ne yazık ki, uzman olmadığım için geçmiş testlerinizin doğruluğu hakkında yorum yapamıyoruz. Aklınızı BioSure ile dinlendirmek isterseniz, maruz kalmadan 12 hafta sonra negatif bir test olduğu kabul edilir. Umarım bu mantıklı gelir. Saygılarımla, Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

Holy
 Used on 10th October 2019

Hi have a nice day , Sir I am from Turkey sorry for bad english. I make oral sex 70day ago and 22.day hiv duo ultra negatif 32.day anti-hiv 4.gen ab/ag 52.day 4.gen ab/ag 70.day 4.jen ab/ag all NEGATİF.  I need more test? Thanks for answering.

Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Work on 30th September 2019

Hi Putu, you have done the right thing by testing and a negative result is always encouraging. The symptoms you have described could be due to a number of things (not only HIV). If you have used the BioSURE HIV self test this is only deemed conclusive 12 weeks post possible exposure due to individuals rate of seroconversion. I would recommend re testing at 12 weeks or alternatively visiting a GUM clinic to get your negative test confirmed. I hope this helps but please don't hesitate to contact me further. Kindest regards Francesca Bard, BioSure (UK) Ltd

putu
 Used on 24th September 2019

hi I'm worried I have sex with one girl from my University, I'm really stressed up that I have HIV having unprotected sex and with that particular girl. I have taken test 4 weeks after the exposure and then 7 weeks after the exposure, they all turned to be negative, but I'm still having some symptoms like joint pain, sore throat, fever and mouth ulcer, does it mean that I have HIV after taken the last result from 7 weeks after exposure

Relieved
 Used on 27th May 2017

Hi, just wanted to reply and say that it sounds very encouraging from what you've said. I was also worried after I had unprotected sex with someone at university many years ago, who had a bit of a reputation. A few weeks later I had flu-like symptoms and convinced myself that I had HIV. Shorty afterwards a rash appeared across the whole of my body. I panicked because it didn't itch. I had started using a new shower gel though. Eventually I managed to put it to the back of my mind, but even 15 years later I still worried a bit as I know the virus can lay dormant for so long. During that time I've also stupidly taken other risks (but not in the last 3 months) and after hearing about this at home test thought it was time to bite the bullet. I did it about an hour ago and it was negative. I hope that helps to give you some peace of mind. #knowyourstatus

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 03rd May 2017

Hi Worried Sick Thanks for contacting us. The symptoms of HIV seroconversion illness are quite varied. One thing that is common to all is a fever. So if you haven't had a fever it is pretty much impossible that the rash was anything to do with HIV infection. Added to that a negative test at 9 weeks will be accurate 96% of the time. I think that you should be extremely encouraged by your negative test results. I am certain that your full STI screen will confirm your negative HIV status. I hope that this answers your question but should you require any additional information, please don't hesitate to contact us again. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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