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Living With HIV / Re: HRA
« Last post by harleymc on Today at 06:03:44 PM »
Re bufguy getting low and medium grade lesions removed, that's a big difference to the study I'm in.
They just get left there, about a 50% chance that they resolve spontaneously. It's a new paradigm in care.

As it turns out it wasn't my last visit for the study, i have one more in a year's time. I had a couple of biopsies taken won't get the results for a couple of weeks.
Am I Infected? / Re: CSW risk with early test results - still fearful
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Today at 05:52:13 PM »
I don't know the answer to that question other than to say I personally don't know of anyone testing positive after the fact (presuming there were no further exposures), but that does not mean it has not happened somewhere.

You have probably already researched this topic, but for others reading this exchange here's more information on the types of tests used:


I can't tell you if it's a waste of time to get further testing, because that is a subjective decision for you alone to make based on your desire for peace of mind, taking all the known facts into consideration (including your negative tests so far).

For what it's worth from someone over the internet, you are overwhelmingly likely to be negative because you do not appear to have been at risk in the first place and certainly, your testing so far, which collectively has a high level of accuracy, has concluded that you are HIV negative.  I would expect any further testing, therefore, to also be negative.

Talk to your local health care supporters face to face for further counseling on this matter.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Sexo oral y sintomad
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 05:47:20 PM »
Sexualmente solamente la copula vaginal y anal SIN usando un condon son riesgos confirmados por el VIH.

No puedo ver un riesgo verdadero en su cuenta.  Ningunas de sus "sintomas" son el VIH especifico.  Si sus sintomas estan continuando son algo a discutir con su doctor.

El VIH no es la causa y no tiene que probar por el VIH.

Am I Infected? / Re: CSW risk with early test results - still fearful
« Last post by rodney on Today at 05:24:50 PM »
Thank you for the advice. I do believe the possible chance of exposure was low, but it's hard for me to 100% remember.

You stated guidelines for "antibody" testing, 6 and 13 weeks. I fully understand that for antibody testing only. Since the duo has an antigen component, and the rna looks for the virus itself, is it closer to conclusive than an antibody only? Has there been anyone who has taken these sensitive tests by 4 weeks and turned positive after the fact?
Am I Infected? / Re: CSW risk with early test results - still fearful
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Today at 04:22:54 PM »
Guidance on reliable testing for HIV antibodies is six weeks post exposure then at 13 weeks post exposure for confirmation.  For your own peace of mind, follow that guidance if you decide to continue testing.

From your story, it appears that you did not have a risk:  you most likely did not have sex and would have worn a condom if you had.  I do think you would remember having had sex, no matter how intoxicated you may have been (though, of course, the more intoxicated you were, the less likely you would have been able perform).

Am I Infected? / CSW risk with early test results - still fearful
« Last post by rodney on Today at 04:11:31 PM »
I had sex with a csw while very drunk in a major US city. I remember her being adamant about condoms, and refused to have sex without them. I was so drunk, that i couldn't maintain an erection and sex was stopped. We tried about 3 times with the same result. My only fear is that I may not remember a period of unprotected sex, although i would hope i would.

I'm in a relationship, and this was a terrible mistake. My testing to date:
15 day PCR RNA: negative
28 day duo: negative

Symptoms: none other than stomach cramping at around week 5.

Can i take some solace in those test results that they should be 99% accurate, since they both have a component of looking for the virus itself? I was debating retesting on Monday which will be 6 weeks. Is that a waste of time considering the results i've already received? Has anyone here tested negative with a duo at the 4 week mark, or an rna at the 2 week mark only later to be positive?

Thank you in advance
Estoy infectado? / Re: Sexo oral y sintomad
« Last post by Mrfonline on Today at 03:23:56 PM »
Por fabor contestenme :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Estoy infectado? / Sexo oral y sintomad
« Last post by Mrfonline on Today at 01:54:15 PM »
Hola doctor , disculpa si tengo faltas de ortografia , soy de un pais que no se habla castellano , ahora al tema , hace 37 dias tuve relacion con una mujer que conici por las redes sociales , use condom pero al final me sace el condom y me hiso sexo oral y me corri en su boca , despues de tres dias me salieron algunis granitos en los genitales y una manchita chiquita en el pene , despues de tres semmanas fui al doctor de piel y le conte la situacion y me reviso y dijo que no es nada y le pregunte si podia ser sida , se fio y me dijo que no y que no busce lo que no hay ,segui procupado y pedi turno despues con el medico de familia para pedir un analicis de sida , y le conte y tanbien tenia los labios secos ( y todabia los tengo ) esta semana tuve dearrea y estoy un poco desfriado , y hoy me di cuenta que tengo en el labio un puntito morado , no se que es , todo este tiempo me senti muy deprimido y este domingo que viene voy a hacerme el analisis , si el medico me dijo que no puede ser sida por que los sintomas ? Puede ser que esta ecivocado ? Por favor respondeme estoy desesperado y decime lo que piensas y que devo hacer  :(
Am I Infected? / Re: Possible exposure risk? I'm unsure.
« Last post by Wade on Today at 10:09:30 AM »
We are volunteers and do risk assessments for HIV
We do not comment on symptoms, you had rough sex, which was not a risk.
Please see a doctor if this continues to bother you.

Am I Infected? / Re: Possible exposure risk? I'm unsure.
« Last post by Jasonrob on Today at 09:51:09 AM »
So lastly is the mucus normal if not seaman???
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