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Hi, I had a protected exposure 3 months ago with a sex worker of unknown status - assumed positive. I have done 4 tests since then all come back negative, last two tests were 8 weeks and 12 weeks (83 days to be exact) after the exposure the index values were 0.23 and 0.62 respectively, now I am a bit worried about the last test as it is significantly higher than the test before. I can't find a clear explanation on what this numbers mean and why they vary, can I consider my results conclusive...
Hi and thanks for question. I am afraid that I do now know what you are referring to when you reference index values. Here in BC, STI results are generally reported to clients and clinicians as positive or negative, reactive or nonreactive, or in the case of syphilis they may attach reference numbers to the results. Sometimes hepatitis results may indicate values, but these tests are not... Read Full Answer
How long after a chancre is visible does the RPR test positive?
Hi there and thanks for your question. If someone has a suspect syphilis chancre, one of the best tests to do is a PCR test from the actual chancre or lesion itself. Basically, trying to get a sample from the chancre itself is the best test to do during these early stages. One cannot always rely on the RPR test, or other syphilis blood tests to confirm a primary syphilis diagnosis.... Read Full Answer
Is the hiv test rna naat?
If you get a blood test for HIV in British Columbia, the first line test is called a 4th generation antigen/antibody test. If this test is negative. No further testing is done. If this test is positive, then a confimatory test is completed. The confirmatory test is called an immunoblot test and it looks for antibodies to HIV (your immune response to the virus). The HIV NAAT test is only used in... Read Full Answer
I am really stressed if I have an std or not but I don't have any symptoms. I had oral and vaginal sex with condom on at all times. I can't seem to control these thoughts and do sti testing places charge fees for testing. Is it anonymous?
Thank you for your question. Using a condom is definitely a great way to protect yourself from getting an STI; especially if it was used for both oral and vaginal sex. If you are sexually active, it's a really great idea to go and get tested regularly for STIs as most people who have an STI have no symptoms. If you are writing from within Canada, testing for STIs is free of charge.... Read Full Answer
What is the cost of Pap screening test which include all Hiv aids Sti and other sexual infections
Hi, Thanks for your question. HIV, STI, and PAP screening is free in BC, with the BC Carecard (aka MSP). If you have a BC Carecard you can go to your family doctor, or any walk-in clinic, to get free testing. If you do not have an BC Carecard (for example, if are not a permanent resident, or if you don't have MSP), then you can still get free testing at these STI clinics: Bute St... Read Full Answer