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Offline findinganswers

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Question - pls help
« on: April 09, 2008, 09:31:59 AM »

I had complete unprotected vaginal intercourse with a very high risk man, twice.

He is an extremely promiscuous man, and has travelled all over Thailand and various parts of Asia, engaging in unprotected sex with sex workers there.(I found this out after - its been very upsetting).

I went for HIV testing - tested negative at 5 weeks.  I understand I have to wait for the 13 week test now to be conclusive etc.

My question is as follows:  do you have any rough statistics re: for people who tested negative at 5 weeks, what proportion of these people may test positive at 13 weeks ? you have said in a lot of cases that it is very unlikely etc. Are we talking about 50% ? 25%? 10 % ? less than 10% ?

I know every one's situation is different etc.  I am just wondering , (generally speaking) statistically what my chances/odds are here.  As you know, the wait to complete the 13 week conclusive testing is ridden with anxiety and irrational fears (you've heard it all I'm sure). 

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your answers and guidance.

p.s. I have read most of your posts here, and I am familiar with your oft quoted paragraph re: 22 week average seroconversion/4-6 weeks etc.

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Re: Question - pls help
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008, 10:18:45 AM »
Given the basic information you already know, your negative at 5 weeks is definitely encouraging. Anything more than that is just guesswork, although it's certainly understandable that are looking for reassurance.

I'll just say stay productively busy with other matters, avoid surfing the net and the waiting time will pass more quickly than you may imagine is possible.

No less important is for you to be aware that anytime you have intercourse unprotected you are putting your life at risk. You can have as much sex as you like and with as many partners as you wish regardless of their HIV status. BUT the insertive partner must be wearing a condom everytime. No exceptions. And no excuses please. Condoms provide very effective protection when you use them.

Good luck with your test result.
Andy Velez

Offline findinganswers

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Re: Question - pls help
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2008, 10:24:58 AM »
Thank you for your response.  Okay, but it does happen that someone would test negative at 5 weeks, and then positive at 13 weeks ? this is a likely thing that can happen ?

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Question - pls help
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2008, 10:53:07 AM »
Yes, it can happen. But it's not usual.

The hard fact is you have to live with uncertainty while you're waiting.
Andy Velez

Offline findinganswers

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Re: Question - pls help
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2008, 01:49:26 PM »
Yes, it can happen. But it's not usual.


I understand you can't offer any statistics or certainty here, but your answer does help.  Thank you. 

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Re: Question - pls help
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2008, 02:23:09 PM »
Good. I'm glad you found our exchange to be helpful.

Good luck with your test result. Keep us posted.
Andy Velez


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