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How long should I wait to get an HIV test after a possible encounter that happened without using protection in BC?


Thanks for writing.

The standard HIV test in BC is the 4th generation test, which is 75% accurate at 3 weeks after your encounter, 95% accurate at 6 weeks, and 99%+ after 3 months.

Some people will want to get tested as soon as possible, and then will re-test after 3 months for their final result. Other people will wait until after 3 months to get tested, so they get the most accurate result. Whichever feels good to you!

If you're looking to get tested you can go to your family doctor, a walk-in clinic, or an STI clinic. For a list of STI Clinics near you check out our Clinic Finder tool.

Please let us know if you need any additional information.

Health Nurse



This answer was posted on October 15, 2018

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