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Offline ohsowld

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Just wondering?
« on: July 17, 2006, 02:26:12 AM »
Just wanting an opinion
I was in a relationship with a guy for 6 months, we had unprotected sex where i was the bottom, twice. I usually used protection. He told me he had recently been tested and everything was fine. But I needed more proof than that, so he did an unapproved home hiv test after we had been together for 14 weeks with neither of us having any other sexual partners, his test was negative. I ended the relationship and got tested at the docs office 4, and 7 weeks after that last exposure. It came back negative. Im wondering if i need to be tested at 3 months or am I being paranoid?

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Re: Just wondering?
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2006, 05:55:52 AM »
ohso,

If you saw these test results for yourself, then you are probably worrying needlessly. Regardless, your seven week negative would be unlikely to change as the vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks. Hiv is nothing to guess about and if there is any doubt in your mind about your hiv status or if you need closure on this, test again at the end of your window period. I would expect another negative result, based on what you have written.

However, you might not be so lucky in future if you keep having unprotected intercourse with a person of unknown hiv status. 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 STIs together. To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with a sexually transmitted infection.

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.

Please also read through the Welcome Thread and follow the links for further information.

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Re: Just wondering?
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2006, 07:55:27 AM »
To Ann's words of wisdom I want to add a caveat for the future. In order to be effective safer sex is not something you do now and then.

Until such time as you may find yourself in a SECURELY monogamous relationship in which both partners test negative at the same time, the insertive partner needs to be wearing a condom everytime. No exceptions. Even well meaning people don't necessarily know their accurate HIV status.

You're the one who has to be responsible for your own health which means making sure a condom is used everytime for intercourse. No exceptions. Period.

Also, why should you ever rely upon an unapproved test for an answer when it's so easy to get a reliable, approved one? I don't get that.
That and your occasional unprotected intercourse are red flags to me that you need to tighten up your outlook about protecting your health.
 

With a negative at 7 weeks the likelihood is you're going to continue to test negative at 13 weeks. Good luck with your test.

Cheers,
« Last Edit: July 17, 2006, 07:58:40 AM by Andy Velez »
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