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Offline prettysure

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13 week test results
« on: August 12, 2008, 06:57:05 PM »
Thank you for having this site, it has provided me with great comfort during this hard time.

Just as a forewarning, I am not one of those over compulsive people that is going to ask you the same question 10 times.

I (ignorantly, regretfully) had unprotected sex with a partner of unknown status on May 2nd 2008. On July 18 (11 weeks post exposure) I developed a fever, cold sore, genital ulcers that oozed (yuck) and were very painful with white heads but were not raised, lower back pain, cramps, EXTREME fatigue, nights sweats, chills, swollen lymph nodes in the groin.
I went to the doctor on the 19th and had an hiv antibody test done, and a urinalysis where i was told i had a mild bladder infection and increased white cells in my urine. I did not show the doctor my genital sores..I was so embarrassed and at that point they werent extremely painful.

Most of these symptoms cleared up in about a week. My doctor gave me valtrex to clear up the sore on my lip which consequently cleared up the genital sores as well.

I lost 6 pounds (the doctor said probably stress) that is obvious in my butt and my chest. It looks like i have gotten bony. although the symptoms all cleared up within a week, I still have severe fatigue and have not yet been able to put weight back on. I have headaches frequently.

I got another HIV antibody test done on August 7 (13 weeks 6 days). It came up negative. My doctor did not say anything about further testing.

My question is if I seroconverted would the hiv antibody test should that already? Since I am still experience fatigue and headaches, is it possible that i am not finished seroconverting and will not test positive until everything passes?

Thank you for your help. I know you guys get the same questions everyday but I hadnt seen one like this yet and my doctor told me "not to worry past 3 months" but I don't feel any better.


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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2008, 07:06:13 PM »
test show that*  correction

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2008, 07:32:49 PM »
Your 13 week test is conclusive. You are HIV negative.

Offline prettysure

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2008, 09:07:25 AM »
Thank you.

Is it possible to test positive during seroconversion with an antibody test? If the ARS symptoms last for 3 weeks will a person still not test positive until there are no symptoms?


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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2008, 09:14:09 AM »
PS,

RapidRod said all you need to know, but I will repeat it. The test at 13 weeks is conclusive. You are not positive...
“Keep up the good work....   And God bless you.”
  --  Sarah Palin, to members of the Alaskan Independence Party, 2008

Offline prettysure

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2008, 10:30:09 AM »
I understand that I am negative, but can anyone actually answer the question?

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2008, 11:01:04 AM »
Possible? Yes, though not at all likely. The huge variances in human immune responses combined with the parameters of the test make anything short of six weeks unreliable, and the standard for acceptable results is still, in the vast majority of the world, three months.

As far as the duration of ARS, it generally lasts ten days or less. Three weeks would be unusual as it would indicate either a very strong or rather weak immune system, which is either attacking the virus beyond the scope of the median, or taking its time being sluggish in it's efforts. I would imagine that cases that fall that far outside the Bell Curve are what warrants a three month rather than a six week standard in most places.

Interesting conversation, medicine and the unique qualities of the human body. However, this is not the place where I feel comfortable having what amounts to a quantum physics discussion insofar as our species is concerned. I love talking about that stuff, but not here. I find it makes people a little crazy.

YOU are indeed verified and have been thusly tested as HIV negative.

One thing I noticed in your initial post was your reluctance to show your doctor/tell your doctor about your sores. Thats common, of course. It's a lie of omission based on perceived/anticipated negative response. But you know what? You paid the guy (or gal) to fix what was wrong. Doesn't ever serve your purpose not to show her/him the whole deal. Trust me, by the time that person earned his/her degree, s/he had seen and heard stuff that would melt your face right off. And from people you would never expect to hear it from.

STD's are not marks of judgment nor are they shameful. They are pathogens, living (or nearly living, don't get me started in viruses) to breed and find new places to live. The fact that syphilis cannot be spread through, say, a sneeze, simply means that it's evolution opted to go the sexual fluids and lesions route.  You can take the tunnel or the bridge, whatever gets you into Manhattan first, if you get what I mean.

Thing is, you cheat yourself if you are not open and honest with your doctor. And that can make a person a little crazy, as questions you did not ask go unanswered.

If you do not feel comfortable talking to your doctor about sexual issues, you have three choices as I see it. You can continue having experiences like the one you had, you could stop having sex forever, or you could consider shopping for a doctor with whom you are more comfortable.

It's your body and your life.

Your HIV Negative life.

cherish that, today.
"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2008, 11:02:38 AM »
sure,

The average time to seroconversion is 22 days. The vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks. This is true whether or not a person experiences symptoms. Many people do not experience one single symptoms. Symptoms or even the lack of symptoms mean nothing when it comes to knowing your hiv status.

Ann
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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2008, 11:09:57 AM »
Thank you.

Offline prettysure

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2008, 11:55:24 AM »
I don't understand why the CDC, other sites, and books about hiv (yes, I researched in actual BOOKS), do not all state that 13 week negative antibody test is negative.

I still read ..check at 6 months.. only 6 months is definitive..etc.

Is it impossible to implement a standard window period? I think the variation is why myself and so many others are hesitant to accept negative results when the information is inconsistent. Or maybe the virus just varies so much from person to person that it is impossible to set window periods in stone? I don't know.

Weak immune systems take longer to product antibodies? I have no other diseases/ailments/illnesses. My doctor did a CBC that turned normal results. I have had mono a few years ago, pnuemonia as a child, and couple of colds a year when seasons change. That is not weak right?

Do you think medicine will ever advance to the point where 3 month results will be accepted by all and 6 month tests will not even be recommended?

Maybe i should just enroll in medical school since I seem to be more inquisitive than i thought i would be.

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2008, 12:05:07 PM »
Good luck enrolling in medical school.  ::)

I don't know what books you're reading and frankly I don't care to know. The official HIV antibody testing window period as determined by the CDC is 13 weeks.

That's right: 13 weeks. Not 6 months, 13 weeks.

The three month window period has been accepted by all industrialised countries for more than 15 years so quit the bullshit, get tested at 13 weeks and get on with your life.

MtD

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2008, 02:21:57 PM »
sure,

From what I understand, you're still worried because of the symptoms you've experienced. If you'd shown your doctor the "genital ulcers" you had, he'd likely have told you it was herpes. You could have spread it to your genitals yourself, because a "cold sore" is also herpes and yes, you can spread it around your own body. If the genital outbreak was your first in that place, it is very likely to be the cause of your other symptoms.

Not everything equals hiv.

Instead of researching hiv, which your test results show you do NOT have, try researching genital herpes so you can learn how to take care of any future outbreaks. Please, PLEASE, keep your herpes to yourself. It's WAY more easily transmitted than hiv is, so keep that in mind with your future partners.

You do NOT have hiv. Let me remind you of something you said in your first post:


Just as a forewarning, I am not one of those over compulsive people that is going to ask you the same question 10 times.


Can we hold you to that? You don't have hiv. If there were any doubt, we'd tell you. Your test results are conclusive. You do NOT have hiv!

Make sure you use condoms from now on and you won't have hiv in future either.

Ann
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Offline prettysure

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2008, 08:04:22 AM »
To all that responded:

I ended up going back the same day of my post to take another test and talk to my doctor about my weight issues.

This time i tested HIV positive, and confirmative test reiterated that result.

I have a lot of questions now. Can this thread be moved to just tested poz? Or do i start a new thread?

Thank you.

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2008, 08:25:25 AM »
sure,

I'm sorry, but I'm having a difficult time believing you. Unless you've had another risky incident since the one you already tested negative for at nearly 14 weeks, I don't see how it's possible that you're suddenly hiv positive.

Why don't we wait to move your thread until you've got more test results under your belt.

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

Offline prettysure

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2008, 08:30:39 AM »
I understand. I am completely shocked myself. The doctor even told me he has only seen these kind of results twice in his career.

He recommended I go to an infectious disease doctor to get a prc test or something like that. I have lost 7 pounds and the weight difference is seen in my knees, butt, chest. It looks like bones are coming out, but i am eating the same. My veins are protruding.

I am very scared. I didn't think losing weight could happen this early, if in fact i am completely positive.

Offline prettysure

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2008, 08:31:47 AM »
and no there was no other risky incident. and no sex at all since then..

Offline prettysure

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2008, 08:32:39 AM »
how did i find one of these doctors? Are there any sites that have ratings or recommend good doctors? I want to go to one who is experienced in this area.

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2008, 08:51:53 AM »
I don't know where you are but I suggest you call any HIV/AIDS service organization in your area, tell them you have gotten mixed test results and can they recommend a doctor and where you can get further testing to clarify the situation.

Like Ann I am wondering what the real story is because what you've reported just doesn't tally with my experience.

Good luck and keep us posted.
Andy Velez

Offline prettysure

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2008, 09:15:37 AM »
Thank you.

I would like to say that there is no other piece to this story. I was under the impression that this forum was a place to get questions answered and receive support. My doctor stated that he always tests patients at the 3month and 6 month mark and while he recommended i wait until the 6 month mark, he tested again because of the extreme weight loss.

He also did screenings for autoimmune disorders (lupus, etc.), complete blood works ups, another urinalysis, a pregnancy test, glucose testing, etc.

I sought out help from this forum because from what I have read you all are very knowledgable about this subject. I thought I would find support, encouragement, etc. Thank you for all of your recommendations.

I am 22 years old. Heterosexual. This was the second person I have ever been with, and the first person i have ever been with unprotected. If there had been another incidentI ofcourse would have mentioned that.

I am terrified and these mixed results are baffling to me (and to you as well). I am hoping that this is a fluke, but if it is not and i am in fact positive, I would like to be able to return to this forum and be welcomed kindly..

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2008, 09:18:49 AM »
Hey Pretty,

We're aware of your concerns and we take them very seriously. Our experts are reviewing your thread right now. Please stand by for further advice.

MtD

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2008, 09:26:28 AM »
Pretty:

This is a highly unusual situation and I think it would be a good idea for you to see a bona fide expert near you. I know many HIV experts, so please -- via private messaging -- let me know where you are and I will personally connect you with someone who will get to the bottom of this and provide you with the care you need.

I'll be waiting for you PM.

Tim Horn

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2008, 09:37:44 AM »
Thank you so much for all of your help. It means more than you know. I think i correctly sent the PM to you TIm, not quite sure how its works.

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read if you are unsure about testing
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2008, 11:03:21 AM »
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone on this site.

If you remember me. I tested positive after 13 weeks exposure (but negative at 10 weeks).

Guess what. There was an error in the test (something that RARELY happens..but can! said my doctor)

I have had seven negative tests since. It turned out to be an autoimmune disorder.

Trust the people on this forum they are SO knowledgeable and helpful.

Best of luck to all of you and God bless the poz people on here. You are strong, courageous, and models to us all!

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Re: read if you are unsure about testing
« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2008, 12:27:45 PM »
correct me if im wrong but many people have read ur posts and iv just read this latest one ur times and dates dont add up from may 7 to june it makes it 6 and half weeks in ur origanal post u sed u were 11 weeks at this time i make it 6 and half and even ur 13 week test goin by ur dates it barely makes it ten weeks very odd or uv got ur dates very messed up

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Re: read if you are unsure about testing
« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2008, 12:32:39 PM »
sorry my mistake dates are correct and i bet ur happy with those results musnt of had my specs on how come u have a immune disorder if u dont mind me askin

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Re: read if you are unsure about testing
« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2008, 12:53:25 PM »
juju, please take time to read the posting guidelines for this forum. You can find them in the "Welcome" thread.

Only those Moderators and members who are authorized to answer questions in the Am I Infected? forum are permitted do so. Unauthorized responses may be deleted without permission of the poster. Repeatedly posting replies of this nature may result in a Time Out or permanent ban, at the discretion of the Moderator Team.

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« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2008, 02:00:08 PM »
Pretty, that's great news. Tim & I were just discussing your situation the other day and wondering what happened since your last posting.

I've merged your thread since our rule is to keep all of your entries in the same thread.

Good luck to you with getting everything treated and moving on.

Delighted to hear your good news.

Cheers,
Andy Velez

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Re: 13 week test results
« Reply #27 on: September 12, 2008, 07:41:36 AM »
PS,

Autoimmune problems are something that can sometimes cause false positives. I'm glad you got to the bottom of what was going on and thank you very much for letting us know.

Make sure condoms are being used from now on for anal or vaginal intercourse and you'll keep that negative hiv status.

Ann
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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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