Thank you for your query. I fully understand your complete apprehension and concern about having an HIV screening. An HIV screening can be a harrowing experience for most individuals. It is commendable that you are being responsible in having an HIV test done.
I encourage all my patients and clients to consider having an annual HIV screening as it is really important to know one's HIV status, especially as we have a pandemic of HIV in South Africa.
There are a number of different types of HIV tests available using a simple finger prick method - where-ever you have booked to have this done, the name of the HIV test must be given to you and fully explained. You must see your final result. Also, the sero-conversion for that particular test used for you, must be fully explained. To answer your question - it is the sero-concersion time that needs to be considered for the particular test you have booked for. Every situation is different, sexual history needs to be considered, and the circumstances at the time when intercourse took place, and any other dynamics a client is concerned about, including a previous partner(s) etc. You are likely to test negative as things are for you, but don't forget a previous partner(s) and then their previous sexual contacts as well.
HIV screening is one of the frequently requested services with our Kloof Clinic, and all clients see myself. The finger prick test used takes 30 minutes to read, and in that time it can pick up the prescence of HIV in the blood before sero-conversion (i.e. there are tests now more clever than the HIV virus in detecting its presence), and it can determine stage 1 or stage 2 of an HIV infection, and is 98 % accurate. This is always an hour appointment. The service is non-judgmental, and must be so where-ever a service is provided.
So the best thing you can do is to just go and have your HIV screening done please. You are welcome to see me or contact me again should you be concerned further.