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Offline meukow

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Testing Question.
« on: February 11, 2008, 01:09:28 PM »
Hello all,

Here is my story.  A few years back I used to travel a lot for work and being a single guy I slept with a number of women including prostitutes.  Always used a condom.  I believe there was one occasion where it broke.  The last such contact was about 1.5 years ago.  Lately I have been having some health issues and for some reason started worrying that HIV could be the reason for all these trouble.  I researched which tests are offered in my area and decided to go for Oraquick, since it's quick and I wouldn't have to wait for my results for 2 weeks.  I had a choice of doing Oraquick fingerprick (only for HIV1) and Oraquick Advance oral swab (HIV1 and ).  I decided to do both, which surprised the tester a bit :)  Both came out negative.  Now, the question is:  "Am I 100 in the clear of HIV".  My mind tells me yes, but something within me is not sure and can't come up with any other causes of gout and some urological issues I have.   

Experts please respond.

Offline meukow

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Re: Can I believe my test results?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008, 01:45:16 PM »
Andy, Ann, anyone?

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Can I believe my test results?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008, 01:48:14 PM »
You are conclusively negative.

Offline meukow

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Re: Can I believe my test results?
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2008, 01:51:16 PM »
Thank you RapidRod, I respect your opinion very much.  I am going to go and have a drink tonight :)

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Re: Can I believe my test results?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2008, 02:30:42 PM »
See your Doctor about your gout and urological problems..and if you decide to carry on celebrating after you have had a drink..remember condoms at all time...NO EXCEPTIONS.. ;)

Jan
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Offline meukow

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Re: Can I believe my test results?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2008, 02:40:30 PM »
Thank you Ann.  I am strictly a one woman man now and will celebrate with my wife  ;)

Offline meukow

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Testing Question.
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2008, 10:11:46 AM »
I posted a month ago regarding my oral sex exposure, but I think this may require a separate thread.

I went to a Testing Center in Chelsea area in Manhattan, NY and got tested using finger prick Oraquick.  The person doing the test was wearing rubber gloves.  He pricked my middle finger, drew blood and put a bandage over it. (I didn't look since I am afraid of blood).  When I left the center I noticed drying blood on my ring finger (outside of my hand).  I am a little concerned that it could be the blood of the nurse who tested me since I didn't follow the whole procedure after the prick.  Not sure how my blood could have got there and how he would miss it.

Is it possible that the nurse needlestuck himself and didn't notice?   I am a little concerned that if it's not my blood it could have gotten into my bloodstream through the puncture on my finger.

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Re: Testing Question.
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2008, 10:31:56 AM »
Meukow,

If you'd read the Welcome Thread before posting like you're supposed to, you'd know that we only allow one thread per person in this forum. Please abide by our posting guidelines.

If you need help finding your thread when you come here, click on the "Show own posts" link under your name in the left-hand column of any forum page.



We get people being paranoid about the actual test proceedure infecting them all the time. It just doesn't happen. You probably touched your pricked finger with your other finger without noticiing.

Besides, hiv does not infect through intact skin nor will it infect through a tiny needle-prick such as the one you got during the test. Getting some blood on your finger will not result in infection. Really.

Stop worrying needlessly about this. You ARE hiv negative.

Ann


 
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Offline meukow

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Re: Testing Question.
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2008, 10:51:55 AM »
Thank you Ann.   I am also thinking that a nurse would have noticed if he pricked himself and would not touch my hand if he saw blood on his.

Offline meukow

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Re: Testing Question.
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2008, 11:20:34 AM »
One more thing.  I don't remember it clearly, but I may have licked the blood off my finger thinking that it's definetely my blood.  Could that pose a threat if the blood was infected?

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Re: Testing Question.
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2008, 11:32:43 AM »
One more thing.  I don't remember it clearly, but I may have licked the blood off my finger thinking that it's definetely my blood.  Could that pose a threat if the blood was infected?

No that does not pose a risk.

Offline meukow

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Re: Testing Question.
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2008, 12:33:17 PM »
If I lick infected blood, it wouldn't pose a risk?  Do you mean that it can't enter my bloodstream without sores in my mouth?

Offline Ann

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Re: Testing Question.
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2008, 01:13:56 PM »
Meukow,

Saliva contains over a dozen different proteins and enzymes that damage hiv and render it unable to infect. You'd have to drink gallons of blood before you'd be at risk.

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

 


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