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Negative HIV test after 8 weeks
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Bradley2400 posted:
Hi all,

I had unprotected sex with a girl I didn't know about 8 weeks ago. 3 weeks after possible exposure I took an Oraquick Rapid test at a certified clinic. The result was negative. 7 weeks after possible exposure I again took an Oraquick Rapid test and the result was negative.

I then proceeded to take a Rapid finger pricking test at the 8 week mark and the result was also negative.

What are the chances that my test result changes to positive at the 3 month mark? Also what kind of people test positive later than 6 weeks?

Also, am I at risk if at the clinic where the finger prick test was done a little blood got on the finger the doctor had pricked after I had turned a doorknob? How long does HIV stay alive outside of the body exposed to air?

Thanks!
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georgiagail responded:
While the recommended time period for testing is 12 weeks, it is HIGHLY unlikely someone would test negative at 8 and positive at 12.

The virus stays alive only seconds outside of the body. And no, you did not get infected at the clinic from the doorknob.

Gail


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