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Offline almostdone22

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some confirmation?
« on: June 14, 2008, 02:32:09 PM »
Forum,
           Hello could someone please give some help? I wanted to say that I had a risk for HIV around February. A couple weeks back I got  HIV test and I am happy to say it came out negative. However, my good feelings towards this have been postpones because I read on a website that Hepatitis C can make a person not show up on a HIV test. Can someone please explain this situation? Is this something that happens alot or is it a rare occurence? Can I enjoy the good news that I am HIV negative? Thanks in advance to the people who work here! 

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Re: some confirmation?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2008, 02:33:23 PM »
Oh and I wanted to add that the test I received was by the oraquick method.

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Re: some confirmation?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2008, 02:52:21 PM »
almost,

As long as the antibody test was performed three months or more after a risk, it is conclusive. Hep C will not affect your results.

What happened to make you believe you've been at risk for hiv infection?

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Offline almostdone22

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Re: some confirmation?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2008, 03:02:46 PM »
Ann,
       Thank you for your reply! I had some sexual risks with a woman I did not know, and the reason I was worried about Hepatitis C was due to a fight that I was involved in where I was exposed to someone's blood. But yes, the HIV test was after 3 months, so if you are advising that Hepatitis C will not affect the outcome of my HIV test, than I will move on with my life. Do you know why the article I read talked about Hepatis C delaying HIV antibodies? Is that a controversial issue or something? Thanks you so much!

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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2008, 03:11:23 PM »
almost,

The problem with hep C sometimes arises in the case of a person who got their infections - at the same time - through sharing needles to inject street drugs. This won't have accected you. It's also highly unlikely that you would have become infected with hep C in a street fight.

Unless you were having unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse, it's unlikely you were at risk for hiv infection. You are conclusively hiv negative, whether you had a risk or not.

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 sexually transmitted infections together. To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex with a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through all three 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.

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

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Re: some confirmation?
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2008, 03:26:05 PM »
Ann,
       Thank you very much for the help! I unfortunatly did have unprotected sex, so that is the reason I got tested for HIV. The Hepatitis C thing is still something that might be on the back of my mind. So if I played it safe and got tested for HIV at the 6 month mark, would that be enough time (just in case of the Hepatitis C thing?) I have read that Hepatitis C can be trasmitted sexually, so I rather be safe. Now I noticed you said it is an issue "sometimes", would you say that "sometimes" is a rare event? I know you will prob say not to worry about it, but for the sake of argument, would you say it is rare when Hepatitis C delays HIV antibodies? Thanks again, I will recommend this site to others!

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Re: some confirmation?
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2008, 03:34:56 PM »
You are conclusively negative for HIV and you didn't have a risk of HCV.

Offline almostdone22

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Re: some confirmation?
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2008, 03:42:27 PM »
Rod,
       So unprotected sex is not a risk for HCV? Cause I read it was!

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Re: some confirmation?
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2008, 03:44:25 PM »
Very, very rare to contract HCV in that manner.

Offline almostdone22

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Re: some confirmation?
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2008, 03:47:25 PM »
Rod,
       Thanks Rod! But can you please just answer one thing for me? I just want to know what are the statistics or the odds relating to hepatitis C delaying HIV antibodies? I know you said I didn't have a risk, but for my state of mind, can you explain the Hep thing to me? I'm feeling confident cause my 3 month test was negative, but I just want to know about that issue. Thank you so much!

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Re: some confirmation?
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2008, 03:56:57 PM »
HCV doesn't delay HIV antibodies.

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Re: some confirmation?
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2008, 04:54:47 PM »
...and you don't have to "play it safe" by getting tested for HIV again at 6 months. You have reliably tested negative for HIV. You ARE HIV negative. Period. End of story.

You need to get on with your life is what you need to do...
Andy Velez

Offline almostdone22

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Re: some confirmation?
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2008, 05:08:11 PM »
Andy,
         Thanks Andy, Ann and Rod. I am going to take all of your advice and consider my 3 month test negative! I am not going to worry about HCV delaying HIV antibodies, because if you all say it doesn't happen than it's good enough for me! And I am going to celebrate! I trust all of your expertise and I will follow your advice.

Thanks!

 


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