Feb 10, 2012
how common are false negative results after the 3 month window period?
also, if i am looking to get pregnant in the near future. i hear about people testing positive on HIV test when they are pregnant... can i test for all STDs including HIV prior to getting pregnant to avoid this? I have had HIV testing done before both the EIA and oral swab, all of which have come back negative. But i am fearful I will test positive if I get pregnant and freak my husband out, when i am actually negative. Is HIV regularly tested for in all pregnant or soon to be pregnant women?
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi The standards for testing for rapid HIV tests, whether oral swab or blood are very accurate at 28 days, and conclusive at 90 days. However, when someone has had a known exposure to someone with HIV, you could perform a six month test, just to be extra cautious.
You most definitely can get screenings done both prior too and after becoming pregnant. You should request an HIV test with these screenings as not all health care providers automatically do the test.
Hope this helps! Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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