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I am a woman and my boyfriend is bisexual, and his last four partners have been two men and two women. He said he was tested a few months ago, before we met, but I’ve heard you should do several rounds of HIV testing as you can come up positive even after a negative result. Should he be tested again after a negative test?

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Sarah: [Kanye Shrug] This is much too medical and professional for the level of Googling I can handle.

Debby: It depends how long his HIV test was after the last time he had unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex. It also depends what kind of HIV test he had (rapid test, antibody test, etc). If his last HIV test was less than 3 months after he last had unprotected sex, then yes - he should absolutely be tested again (the same is true for you). If his last HIV test was more than 3 months after his last unprotected sex, then his testing should accurately reflect his status. To put this in simpler terms: let’s say the last time he had unprotected sex was on January 1. If he got tested in February, he should re-test again. If he got tested on April 1, the test should give you a good picture of his HIV status. Either way, if you two want to feel more confident, why not go and get HIV tested together? It will give you both a chance to see each other’s results and also to ask a healthcare provider any questions you may have about your own health and/or about safer sex. Check out AVERT for more info on HIV testing.

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