Should I Re-test HIV When The Results Are Negative?
, sorry I want to ask, I just checked blood for HIV detection and the results are negative. but this test was done after I took a risk action on 10 feb 2020. (7 weeks ago). I guess the results are valid, right? then for validity should I check again? tmks.
Thank you for the question.
People at high risk need regular HIV testing, such as risky sexual behavior by not using safeguards, having sexual relations with partners who are HIV positive, men having sexual relations with other men, history of previous sexually transmitted diseases, history hepatitis or tuberculosis, and a history of using unsafe needles.
When someone is infected with HIV, there is a window period or time lag to be able to detect the virus. There are three types of HIV tests that are used to detect the HIV virus in the body, namely the nucleic acid test, antigen / antibody test, and antibody test. In Indonesia, tests that are usually used are antigen / antibody tests or antibody tests. In HIV tests that are often used in public health services such as health centers and hospitals or in the older generation, the window period in effect is around 90 days after risky behavior. On the 3rd generation test, the applicable window period is around 6 weeks, and on the 4th generation test, the applicable window period is around 2-3 weeks.
So, you need to make sure what type of HIV test you are doing, and consult with the doctor who examined you.
Hopefully this information can help.