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I had a lot of tests during my window period. I had 3 blood draws and 3 rapid tests. I did a rapid HIV test at 12 weeks. All were done at community health centres and STI clinics and my results were negative every time. Do I need further testing? Especially I want to know if I could get any type of infection when my blood is drawn or during a finger prick with the rapid test. Is there any slim chance of infection? I am scared. PLz help.
Hi Given that you had a negative rapid HIV test at 12 weeks, there is no need for any further testing. If you want to read more about window periods for STI/HIV you can check out our chart "STI's At A Glance". As for your chances of getting an infection during the blood draw or finger prick, that should never happen in Canada. Healthcare providers follow strict regulations and... Read Full Answer
Do all clinics in Vancouver use same rapid test or are there different manufacturers. I just went to a clinic for a rapid test. The nurse had already opened the kit, and she only opened the membrane in front of me. Everything was on the table. Could they reuse lancets, or is it manufactured for once only? I am really scared. Should I test again because of this incident?
Hi The INSTI test, made by Biolytical Laboratory, is the only Point of Care (rapid) test that is licensed for use in healthcare settings in Canada. That means the clinics in Vancouver are using the same rapid test. Most clinics receive their supplies in bulk boxes. With bulk supplies, the test is not packaged as a single kit, but comes with the test parts in a... Read Full Answer
Is there a clinic where I can get STI testing with no appointment. My friend told me that only some clinics have access to new HIV tests that are accurate earlier. Could u suggest where I could go for an HIV test 3 week after a possible exposure. I want to get tested soon. The anxiety is killing me.
Hi The test you may be talking about is the NAAT test. The window period is shorter than standard HIV antibody testing. It is 90% accurate 10 - 12 days after sexual contact. This test is available for men and trans people in a few clinics in Vancouver, as part of a study. The aim of this study is to find people when they first get HIV. For the first 2 months after someone gets HIV, it is easy... Read Full Answer
I just found on web that a person who tested every month is 5% more likely to get an infection. Is that right?
Hi I am not aware of the link between how often a person gets tested and their chances of having an STI. When we look at the chances of someone having an STI, it really depends on things like how you have sex or who you have sex with. Testing is a good idea if you had unprotected sex with a new partner, have noticed changes in your body, or if you or your partners have other sexual... Read Full Answer
Hi I have had sex with a variety of SP's over the last year,always protected. For about 6 months I have had a kind of rash on my penis. It doesn't itch and it doesn't hurt, but it is a blotchy red colour. My doctor checked it out and didn't seem to think it was of concern. He prescribed me a cream called Ketoderm, but that didn't really work so I still have it. It is a bit unsightly but doesn't affect the workings of the penis.
Hi It is difficult for us to advise you because we can't make a diagnosis online, or suggest treatment for something that we haven't seen. If we din't have the right diagnosis, we would not be giving you the best health information. I can say that based on the treatment the doctor gave you (Ketoderm) he likely suspected that the rash was fungal, also known as yeast. It can take a... Read Full Answer