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Offline Worrierkt25

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HIV-2
« on: May 24, 2012, 09:02:24 AM »
. I've recently tested negative for HIV-1/2 at 14 months. However, I've reAd that some people take longer to seroconvert to HIV-2 because it's less virulus. There was something posted about 2 people in India who tested negative for HIV-2 antibody but positive for hiv-2 virus and it said because the virus is less harmful then antibodies may not kick in.  Does this mean HIV-2 window period is different than HIV-1? I know that HIV-2 is supposed to be rare in the united states but ive also read that HIV-2 could be misdiagnosed as HIV-1 because it's not routinely differentiated from HIV-1. I'm desperate for an answer.

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Re: HIV-2
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2012, 10:11:05 AM »
Worrier,

The window period is the same - three months - for either strain of hiv. You do not have hiv.

What do you think put you at risk for hiv in the first place? Unless it was unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse or sharing drug injecting equipment, you've been worrying for no good reason.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, (and don't share injecting equipment) and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!!!

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Offline Worrierkt25

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Re: HIV-2
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2012, 01:28:25 PM »
Yes unprotected Vaginal sex a couple times. This is what had me concerned. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/10667898/

Offline Worrierkt25

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Re: HIV-2
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2012, 03:57:23 PM »
SHould I be concerned after reading this? It really frightens me

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: HIV-2
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2012, 05:50:42 PM »
A single paper published in 12 years ago based on a tiny number of people from India?

I wouldn't worry about that if I were you. Such papers present information of interest to science type persons. They don't contain useful information for laypersons who are considering their relative HIV risk.

Having unprotected vaginal sex is a risk for HIV transmission and other STis. You do need to be tested for HIV and the window period is 13 weeks from the date of the most recent episode of unprotected sex.

MtD

Offline Worrierkt25

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Re: HIV-2
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2012, 07:30:40 PM »
I know. I just keep thinking it makes sense that a virus that's not that strong at first would make someone maybe not produce antibodies. I know they say HIV-2 is rare in the us. But I've read that some people may get misdiagnosed with HIV-1 when really they have HIV-2 so maybe we don't really know how many people have HIV-2? I'm losing my mind. I want to move on and have a baby but I'm so scared I have HIV-2!

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Re: HIV-2
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2012, 07:57:49 PM »
I know. I just keep thinking it makes sense that a virus that's not that strong at first would make someone maybe not produce antibodies. I know they say HIV-2 is rare in the us. But I've read that some people may get misdiagnosed with HIV-1 when really they have HIV-2 so maybe we don't really know how many people have HIV-2? I'm losing my mind. I want to move on and have a baby but I'm so scared I have HIV-2!

You're confused because you don't understand clinical virology or immunology. The production of antibodies in response to something like a virus has nothing to do with the "strength" of the virus. Moreover viruses don't produce antibodies.

The human immune system produces antibodies in an attempt to neutralise the foreign invader.

Modern HIV antibody tests detect the presence of antibodies to HIV1 and HIV2 equally. You tested negative at 14 months. More than 4 times the length of the window period. You do not have HIV1 or HIV2.

Now go. Move on and make babies.

MtD

Offline Worrierkt25

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Re: HIV-2
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2012, 08:36:14 PM »
Thanks for your response. I guess I'm nervous because HIV-2 seems to be somewhat new here and not a lot of study has been involved in the viroly and serology of it. They've even gone so far as to say that people may be misdiangnosed as having HIV-1 when really they have hiv-2. Ahhhhh I wish I had not read so much info

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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2012, 08:43:46 PM »
Thanks for your response. I guess I'm nervous because HIV-2 seems to be somewhat new here and not a lot of study has been involved in the viroly and serology of it. They've even gone so far as to say that people may be misdiangnosed as having HIV-1 when really they have hiv-2. Ahhhhh I wish I had not read so much info

Listen to me. None of that matters in your case.

At 14 months any modern HIV antibody test will detect both HIV1 and HIV2.

You have reliably tested HIV negative. I'm aware of what you're referring to and I am dismissing it as not relevant in this situation.

Now you can either accept that and move on or continue to freak out about nothing.

But be aware you won't be allowed to do your freaking out here.

MtD

Offline Worrierkt25

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Re: HIV-2
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2012, 08:53:37 PM »
Ok thanks For your responses :)

 


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