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Author Topic: Is there still a chance i might be HIV negative?  (Read 2135 times)

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Offline Donedat

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Is there still a chance i might be HIV negative?
« on: April 16, 2009, 12:24:12 AM »
I'm waiting on the test results so no need to ask to get tested but i wanted to know how it's looking for me so far:

I have had sex with the same girl for 3 years and we have sex about 3 times a day (Anal and all). I have ejaculated in her almost every time and she's on birth control.

Come to find out she is HIV positive and has been for quite a while because the person she last had sex with also is HIV positive.

Whats my future looking like so far?

Can there still be a chance that i might not have it? I just need to know something because i'm freaking out.

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Re: Is there still a chance i might be HIV negative?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2009, 06:33:26 AM »
Done,

Yes, there is every chance that you're still hiv negative. Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus and more so from a woman to a man. I was with someone for 18 months before we discovered my positive hiv status, and he's hiv negative to this day. (But this is NOT an excuse to play roulette with your health and life. Some people are lucky, others are unlucky and become infected when not using condoms.) But yes, Done, there is a chance.

If your test returns with a negative result, it will be conclusive providing it is three months or more past your last unprotected incident of intercourse with ANYONE - not just this girlfriend.

If your negative result is less than three months, but more than six weeks, it's unlikely to change when you confirm your result at the end of the three month window period.

If your test returns a positive result, that result must be confirmed with a Western Blot before you should consider yourself hiv positive. You can read more about testing by following the link provided in the Welcome Thread

Good luck with the test, and keep us posted.

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EIA Positive and WB Negative
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2009, 07:43:38 AM »
I got my test results back and its positive EIA and negative WB. My doc said i need to get tested again to specifically test for HIV. I'm really scared right now and i don't want to go through another week of worrying and stress. My heart pounds hard every second of the day and i can't stop thinking about it.

I've been reading all over the internet about negative WB but my doc has not giving me the assurance that i wanted to hear. He doesn't tell me anything good. All he says is that "you need to get tested again". He also said it can be HIV2 or somethign of that nature.

I felt like passing out the more he was talking. I really rather not know if i have it or not because it's killing me but i have already gone through the process and if i don't get tested again for sure i'm really going to lose it.

Well i was just keep you guys up to date.

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Re: EIA Positive and WB Negative
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2009, 08:23:38 AM »
Hi Done,

I guess your doctor is just being super cautious but as far as I am concerned you are HIV negative.

Anytime someone tests positive with an ELISA it is automatically checked by a western blot being done. The western blot is very sensitive and specific and a positive ELISA is always TRUMPED by a negative western blot. So you are HIV negative.

It's understandable that you're feeling spooked by that positive ELISA, but a false positive is not that uncommon an event. The western blot is what matters and you got a happy result on that one.

For future reference, make sure that when you are having either vaginal or anal intercourse that you always without except use condoms for those activities. When you do that the HIV status of your partner becomes irrelevant because condoms do a very effective job of protecting you.

Incidentally, I have merged your threads. Please follow our rule and keep all of your entries in this same thread.

Cheers.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2009, 08:27:00 AM by Andy Velez »
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Re: Is there still a chance i might be HIV negative?
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2009, 08:56:43 AM »
Done,

Where are you at in the window period? In other words, when was the last time you had unprotected intercourse with ANYONE?

As long as your test was three months or more past your last unprotected encounter, you do not need further testing as a three month negative WB test result is conclusive. If your test was done at least six weeks after your last encounter with ANYONE, it's highly unlikely to change, but must be confirmed at the three month point.

When the doctor said you need to be tested for hiv specifically, he's probably talking about a viral load test and YOU DO NOT NEED a viral load (aka PCR) test. They're expensive and prone to false positive results.

False positive ELISA (EIA) results are not uncommon. That's why they're checked with a WB - and the WB result trumps the ELISA.

Unless you're in western Africa, you don't need to test for hiv2 either. Hiv2 is rare in the extreme in the US. (only 100 or so confirmed cases - and all had links to western Africa)

Ann
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Re: Is there still a chance i might be HIV negative?
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2009, 09:19:59 AM »
Yah, that's good that Ann jumped on the 13 weeks issue. I was perhaps mistakenly assuming your test had been done at 13 weeks past the most recent unprotected incident.

It is harder to transmit HIV from female to male than the other way around, but low risk is not the same as no risk. So for future reference you definitely need to be using condoms with your gif (and any other woman you are having vaginal/anal intercourse with.

By the way, her being on birth control has absolutely no relevance to the HIV issue in terms of protection for you.
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Re: Is there still a chance i might be HIV negative?
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2009, 09:08:10 AM »
I got the second test result back and Elisa Positive and WB negative. They told me to see a diseas specialist but what can this be? The only thing i know is that i got a flu shot in november and i read that it can aeffect the elisa but not sure on the window.




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Re: Is there still a chance i might be HIV negative?
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2009, 10:16:59 AM »
No, the flu shot is not going to affect your HIV test result.

We can diagnose anything here nor are we going to guess about what the cause of your symptoms might be. You were advised to see a doctor and that's what you should do.

This is not an HIV situation.
Andy Velez

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Re: Is there still a chance i might be HIV negative?
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2009, 11:26:55 AM »
Done,

The two main causes of repeat false positive ELISA results are pregnancy (which we can rule out in your case) and having an underlying auto-immune disorder. Sometimes a cause is never discovered. Speak to your doctor about being screened for the various auto-immune disorders. Good luck.

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

 


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