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Offline Lovebygrace

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Hiv testing time
« on: May 10, 2007, 07:16:05 PM »
Ann, Velez and others,

First, I'd like to thank you guys for the amazing job you do here. Excuse my English. It is not so good.
I'd like to ask you guys some questions regarding HIV. I have read other threads here and you guys seem very knowledgeable.
Ok, here are the questions:

Is a 3 month test sufficient after a high risk situation like sexual assault (considering that the person is healthy, have no immune disease, it is not on chemo and not a drug user or such? I also don't smoke or drink. I've heard from a HIV specialist that a 3 month should be conclusive even for the highest risk situation, except of course in cases where the immune system is very compromised.

It is true that Hep C can delay HIV seroconversion? Some say yes and some say no. It seems like it is not a proved case, it is more speculation. Should I be relieved after a 3 month negative result? I have tested negative at 6 weeks, 9.5 weeks and 13 weeks.

I understand that you guys don't give medical advice. I'm just looking for an opinion, so I can decide what to do.

Thank you so much for your help!

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Hiv testing time
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2007, 07:30:54 PM »
LbG,

No matter the circumstances of a potential exposure, the HIV antibody testing window period is 13 weeks. A tiny number of people may take longer than this to seroconvert and they're the people you identified; some people on chemotherapy, certain long term injecting drug users and so on. Essentially if you fall into that category, you'd know about it.

I'm not aware that Hepatitis C infection has any impact on the window period.

I would say that your 13 week test result is conclusive.

Is there a particular risk or incident that you'd like to ask us about?

MtD

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Hiv testing time
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2007, 10:32:58 PM »
You are reliably HIV negative unless you fall under the category of either an IV drug user or someone with a severely depleted immune system due to cancer treatment or other such illness.

If you don't belong in either of those categories you are HIV negative. Period. End of story.

If you tested because you had unprotected intercourse you can celebrate your negative result by always hereafter using a condom whether for vaginal or anal intercourse. No exceptions. That way you don't have to go through this kind of anxiety again.

Cheers,
Andy Velez

Offline Lovebygrace

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Re: Hiv testing time
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2007, 11:58:47 AM »
Matty and Velez,

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. If possible , I'd love to hear Ann's opinion, too.

Than you again!

Offline Lovebygrace

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Re: Hiv testing time
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2007, 04:06:52 PM »
RapidRod,

Do you have anything to add in my case? Thank you!

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Hiv testing time
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2007, 04:40:54 PM »
I concur with Matty and Andy 100%.

Offline Ann

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Re: Hiv testing time
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2007, 06:38:44 AM »
Grace,

You are hiv negative, without doubt.

Ann
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