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Offline Pat1031

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question about window period!
« on: September 25, 2007, 04:51:40 PM »
Hello everyone,

   The last time I posted on here was about a year and a half ago and I could not find my previous post, so I am terribly sorry to start a new one. I know that there are alot of posts each day and its probably very difficult to remember any one in particular, so I will just briefly describe what happened to me and how it has bearing on my question today.

Feb 2006 I had unprotected anal sex, where I was bottom, with another guy of unknown status. I got myself tested about 3 months later right before going overseas. During my time overseas, I found out that the guy I was with, indeed was postive, so I decided to get another hiv test just to makesure. My new hiv test was Sept 06, about 6 months after the incident. April 10th of 2007, I was tested again for hiv when I was discharged from the military. All results have been negative. About a day or so after the April test I went for another hiv test because I was entering a new relationships and despite just getting a test we wanted to test together at the start of our relationship. That test was also negative.

Today, I had a physical with a new doctor and was giving him my medical history, to include the incident and testing. The doctor told me that despite my testing, I would need to test again because of having such a high risk encounter with a guy that was known positive and could have been during our encounter. I told the doctor about all my tests but he still sent me to the lab to get HIV, HEP C and Syphilis testing. After the incident I was negative as well on Syphillis but there was no way to test me for anything else so the doctor at that time gave me 30 days of doxy just to makesure. My new doctor now says he still needed to test me because the window period of 3 months is only a minimium.

Sorry that this is such a long post but my questions are:

because my risk was so high, do I still have a chance of showing postive from this incident (its my only incident since it happened)?

they gave me a vaccine for TD while at the clinic to see the doc, will it interefere with the hiv/hep c or any of the blood tests?

was it necessary to do further std testing, since I had previously tested negative and was put on doxy "just in case" months ago?

I would appreciate any help, I really thought this was behind me till now. Thanks

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: question about window period!
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2007, 05:41:05 PM »
Pat,

To be frank, your doctor don't know shit about HIV.

Even though you had unprotected anal sex as the bottom your original 3 month negative test is conclusive. You don't have HIV. You don't need to continue to test as a result of the Feb 2006 incident.

MtD

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: question about window period!
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2007, 05:48:21 PM »
You tested negative well beyond the necessary 13 weeks. You are HIV negative. Period. End of story.

Remember for the future you can safely have anal intercourse in either position with someone who is HIV+ as long as the insertive partner is always wearing a latex condom. No exceptions! The person's status becomes irrelevant as long as condom is used.

Unfortunately there are all too many health professionals out there giving out completely incorrect and uninformed misinformation about HIV, among other things. 

Again, you are HIV negative. End of that story. Just don't put yourself at risk again by having unprotected intercourse and you'll be fine as far as HIV is concerned sexually.

Cheers,

 
Andy Velez

Offline Ann

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Re: question about window period!
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2007, 05:38:53 AM »
Pat,

I agree with the guys that you are conclusively hiv negative.

I would like to add that your posts from a year and a half ago no longer exist. We got new forum software in May 2006 so you must have been posting before that. This is why you had to rejoin in July. It's a shame you didn't post in July - you could have saved yourself a few months of unnecessary worry.

You're hiv negative. Stay that way by using condoms. While you're here, click on and read the three condom and lube links in my signature line, so you can be sure you're using condoms correctly.

By the way, you need to know that where your new partner is concerned, you would be wise to wait until you've been securely monogamous together for three months before you test and take the condoms off. Remember the window period is three months.

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

Ann
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