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Offline pirlo81

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Question about test results
« on: January 27, 2008, 08:42:37 AM »
Hello

Before I mention my story, I just want to say that I registered a username name yesterday but I couldnt log on coz by mistake I wrote a different email than mine in the registration process and thus I didnt get the activation email. I registered again today using a differnt user name.

My exposure was a condom break with a sex worker four weeks ago. I got tested yesterday using an AG/Ab combo assay and it was negative. The thing that worried me a lot is that the S/Co ratio was very high. It was 0.66. I usually test regularly, about every three months or so, so I have tested at this lab many times before. My values were always 0.25 - 0.30. This ofcourse made me very worried and when I asked the guy at the lab he told me that the value is not reactive but it is not low, and that usually negative people tend to test with values lower than that. But he told me that I dont need to worry, and if I am worried I should test again after some time.

Well, needless to say, I got very worried and I decided to test again the next day at a differnt testing lab. Also a lab I went to before. I got my results and they were also negative and the S/Co ratio was 0.423 which is also higher than the value I used to get at this lab before (which was 0.3).

What could be wrong? why am I getting all these high readings? could I be seroconverting? I am really worried and I wou;ld really appreciate a technical explanation of what is happening to me !

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Question about test results
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2008, 10:50:50 AM »
A few important things for you to note: HIV is not an easy virus to transmit. It is significantly more difficult to accomplish from female to male.

The average time to seroconversion is 22 days. All but the smallest number of those who are going to seroconvert will do so within 4-6 weeks after an exposure to the virus.

You had a single and brief possible exposure. The condom protected you until it broke. Taking all of the above into consideration as well as your negative test result, I'd say the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor against transmission having occured.

You should re-test at 13 weeks past this incident to confirm the earlier negative result. A negative at 13 weeks is conclusive.

As for the S/Co ratio you're throwing into the mix, that is absolutely not a barometer for evaluating your HIV status. The ONLY reliable source for an answer about your HIV status is an HIV test taken at the appropriate time after a possibly risky incident. Your early negative at 4 weeks points the way to likely continuing to test negative.
Andy Velez

 


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