You do not have HIV;window period-maximum 12 weeks
Welcome and thanks for posting your query to the forum.
I can understand your concern for the interpretation of results of HIV ag/ab test.
Let me give you the good news that you do not have HIV and I first of all want to reassure you are totally clear, so just relax first.
Let me simplify the things and give you medical and scientific facts behind my firm declaration- Let you know about HIV infection:
In an unprotected intercourse
with a HIV positive person the HIV viruses gets entered into the body and divides in innumerous numbers(millions of viruses per ml).
After a period of 2-6 week there is mounting of antibodies
against the viruses.
These antibodies can take at the maximum of 8-10 weeks of the period to get expressed. This particular period is known as window period.
Window period means the time period between the entrance of HIV to the detectability of either the virus or the antibodies.
For the virus detection it is around 2 weeks and for antibody detection it is minimum 6 weeks to maximum 12 weeks. so accordingly the window period for antibody test is 12 weeks of maximum time.
As you have done the test 21 weeks which is negative so your status is totally clean.
So my dear young man, just relax and relieve all your stress
regarding the issue. I also guide to use the best protection in form of condoms for safer sex.
I hope these information will help you. If you have any further queries I will be glad to help.
"Just enjoy the day with great enthusiasm of the good news for yourself"
Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD (Dermatology and Sexually transmitted diseases)