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Offline 808chic

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Dr. Told me lymphocytes were low, get tested
« on: May 18, 2014, 03:42:44 PM »
So a little about me, I am very aware of HIV. Being a transsexual it is a large part of of the LGBT community and awareness is always present. Despite this I have been very careless and have had about 5-6 sexual partners in the last 6 months in which I did not use protection. Allowing myself to somehow get the feeling that nothing would happen to me.

Right now I am in Florida to get my breast augmentation. It was originally scheduled for Thursday so long as my blood work came out fine. It did not, my White Blood cells were high indicating that I was a little sick. The only thing I could think of however was the large lack of sleep and my chronic cigarette smoking in which that past week i had increased to a pack a day. My coordinator told me we would have to wait until I was feeling better and my blood cells were at a normal level to do the surgery. The next day I went for a appointment to meet the Doc, afterwards my coordinator came into my room and told me my doctor recommended I take a HIV test because my lymphocytes were low and that was one of the things that happened with the virus.

This was on a Thursday, of course when i left i simply cried and cried the day away truly believing because of my choices I had contracted the virus. Thoughts were unbelievable and It truly felt like I was in a movie. I have my brother with me here and we were both going thru it. The very next day I took a cab to a clinic here that offered free testing, fully embracing and preparing for the results. When i got into the room, the man pricked my finger and I as explaining my circumstances. I didn't even allow him to turn the test result towards him I faced it towards me and we talked for awhile before he finally looked and said I was negative.

It was very emotional for me as I had been praying and praying that if God got me out of this one, it would be the last time I had sex without protection until I was honestly married and knew my partner. However the next day something came to me that he said because I couldn't shake that something was wrong. He had said when was my last partner without protection and I said a month ago forgetting that it had only been 5 days before my test. Which would still put m in the 2 week period that it would show up on a test.

My concern however is that the blood test CBC they they took is detecting the virus (Low lymphos) before the actual HIV test. So although I tested negative there would still be a possibility of being positive. The only thing I could look to honestly is the character of the man I was with, he has been in the navy for about 20 years a more higher rank and I know they consistently test in the military.

I plan on getting another text in about 2 weeks and every month for the next few months but I know there are lots of people here that are more knowledgeable on the subject and would like input from the community. Should I be seriously concerned? My surgery date is this coming Monday and there doing blood work again so I am hoping everything comes out normal this time .

You can Imagine the shadow this is casting over my vacation to Florida and the joy of getting my surgery.

Excited and Worried

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Re: Dr. Told me lymphocytes were low, get tested
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2014, 04:09:58 PM »
The average time to seroconversion is 22 days. Most who are infected will test positive by 6 weeks. For various reasons a small number will take longer and that is why we follow the CDC recommendation to test at 3 months for a conclusive negative result.

The earliest you can test is 6 weeks past any possible exposure and again at 3 months . A negative HIV test at 3 months past any possible exposure is conclusive and you do not need to test for that specific incident again .

HIV is present and a real danger in EVERY community so wise up and use condoms every time you have anal or vaginal sex .

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

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Re: Dr. Told me lymphocytes were low, get tested
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2014, 04:25:30 PM »
I understand that it can take up to 3 months for a final result. My concern is however the CBC test that said I have low lymphocytes. Even though the HIV test may be negative, is the CBC test picking up something that the test aint?

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Re: Dr. Told me lymphocytes were low, get tested
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2014, 04:36:16 PM »
I understand that it can take up to 3 months for a final result. My concern is however the CBC test that said I have low lymphocytes. Even though the HIV test may be negative, is the CBC test picking up something that the test aint?

We do not discuss symptoms or medical findings when we do risk assessments . Its up to you and your doctor to diagnose the cause of the irregular CBC results . The only way to know if you have HIV is to test in the window period I provided and then you can rule out HIV as a possibility at that time . Best of luck .   

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Re: Dr. Told me lymphocytes were low, get tested
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2014, 02:16:35 AM »

You cannot tell by looking at a person's CBC results whether or not they have hiv. All sorts of different conditions can cause fluctuations in things like lymphocytes, not just hiv. Your medical team, while not remiss in recommending hiv testing for you, were somewhat unprofessional in leading you to think that hiv could be the only cause for your results.

The ONLY tests that will reliably inform you of your hiv status are the antibody tests. As Jeff told you, a negative test result at six weeks is highly unlikely to change, but must be confirmed at the three month point.

Good luck with your testing, and good luck with your surgery. Hope it all goes well for you.

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