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Offline mranxiety

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Testing
« on: August 18, 2006, 07:01:51 AM »
Anne / Board:

This is my first post since the new format.   I did not mean to start a new thread... but I could not locate my originals.   You have all been very helpful over the past 2+ years.

Quick question regarding HIV testing / conversion.     I realize testing 3 months after potential exposure is good...6 months after is better.   

Have there been any cases of HIV transmission where sero conversion was greater than 1 year?   Does the virus hide?   I realize symptoms may not show up for years... but I was talking to a nurse who said I could have the virus but it just doesn't show up?   I'm still not sure what she meant and of course I'm a bit nervous.

Thanks.



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Re: Testing
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2006, 07:12:30 AM »
Three months is all that is required. You'll never get me to believe the 1 yr. No, hiv doesn't hide. It's incorrect to think symptoms won't show up for years. If they are going to show up, it will be 2-4 weeks after infection. Some people don't have symptoms at all. If you are acquiring about something that happened to you two years ago you can forget it.

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Re: Testing
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2006, 07:21:18 AM »
mr,

When the nurse said you could have the virus but not have it show up, I'm sure she meant that you wouldn't know unless you test. A test WILL tell you whether or not you're positive and a test at 12-13 weeks is conclusive. You do not need testing at six or twelve months because the virus does not hide. It's not the virus the tests look for anyway, it's the ANTIBODIES to the virus.

Please read through the Welcome Thread and follow the Lessons links.

If you have tested at or after 12-13 weeks, you are conclusively negative and it's time for you to move on.

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Offline mranxiety

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Re: Testing
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2006, 07:37:02 AM »
Anne/RR: Thanks. 

One last question.. if I were on mega antibiotics would that effect the tests?


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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2006, 07:50:57 AM »
mr,

NO. Antibiotics will NOT affect your test in any way, shape or form.

As long as you have not been injecting street drugs every day for years, and as long as you are not on cancer chemotherapy or anti organ rejection drugs following organ transplant, you will be just like everyone else and seroconvert during the first six weeks of your infection.

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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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Re: Testing / Exchange of Body Fluids Question
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2007, 08:05:36 PM »
Ann / RR / Andy / Jon / Others:

It's been a while since I've been on the board.   Hope all is well.

As far as things w/ me, I am still sick and have no explaination for the way I feel and my symptoms (urethritis, feet pain, dry eyes, sinus infection, hip / pelvic pain).  I continue to go from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what I contracted 4+ yrs ago after a "bad (but what I thought was protected) decision" .

I again have a question regarding exchange of body fluids concerning the transmition of HIV.   If a man were to perform oral on a female - could he contract the virus?   I've been told its philosophical risk but not practical.  Is this correct?  Could the virsus lie outside the cirulatory system and reside in mucus system?   Also - what's the longest amount of time required for the virus to show up in blood tests.  I'm thinking about going back for another RAPID TEST as the Mrs. is now having night sweats.   Local doctor said it's either early menopause (too young) or an underlying infection (explains my condition).   Went to ID doctor whose first thought was TB.  TB tests were negative.   Will go back in two weeks for more tests (who knows which tests).    Not sure if an HIV tests is necessary - both of us.   No other relationships for either of us.

Thoughts?

Thanks again!

mranxiety


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Re: Testing
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2007, 08:09:50 PM »
HIV doesn't hide in the body. You are reliably negative. Work with your doctor because HIV is not the cause of your problems. You might want to consult with a mental health professional to see why you can't get over your HIV fears.

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Re: Testing
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2007, 09:55:24 PM »
Whatever is going on has nothing to do with HIV because you have reliably tested negative. Period. End of story.

This is something to sort out with your doctor and if you don't get a satisfactory diagnosis  and treatment then get a second or even a third opinion until you do.

You can't give a virus to your wife which you yourself don't have. And you don't have HIV. If that earlier experience was during your marriage maybe there is some lingering guilt about having strayed. If that is so, it still doesn't change the fact, get it FACT, that you are HIV negative.

Good luck with finding the real cause of your symptoms. And seeing a therapist or other mental health professional could be helpful in dealing with the emotional aspects of this situation.

Cheers,

Andy Velez

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Re: Testing
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2007, 03:19:41 AM »
thanks again.  we'll see. ???

 


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