Different HIV Test Results?
Hello, I want to ask today I did a vct test and my blood has been tested 3x and my first blood test results are reactive and my second and third blood test results are nonreactive, and can I say positive or negative? Please help the explanation? And why are there test results like that?
Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. VCT or voluntary counseling and testing is a form of voluntary HIV testing services. This service is intended as a preventative, care and treatment measure for people with HIV / AIDS. This service can be found at health centers and hospitals that provide it.
Regarding your question, this HIV test is usually done at least twice, namely when the first month after a risk relationship, and 3 months later. This is done because there is such a thing as a window period or window period that lasts for a period of up to 3-4 months. So in those 3-4 months, a person can get negative results on the test but actually he is infected. There are not enough viruses in the body to be detected so as if the results are negative. But if after 4 months the results are negative, chances are that it is. Some doctors recommend doing a repeat test after 6 months, usually for those who are judged to be truly at risk.
In addition, you also need to know that in tests like this, there are known as false positives and false negatives. This condition means the test shows positive results when negative, or shows negative results when positive. This can happen due to various things, such as poor sample collection, contaminated samples, outdated equipment, and so on. So if it's always true, the VCT test isn't always 100% correct.
So in your case, we suggest discussing it again with your doctor about your exam results. Your doctor will probably plan a retest in the future to get results that can strengthen the results obtained now. Meanwhile, there is no need to feel excessive anxiety, and avoid risky behavior. So, hopefully answering your question.