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Offline ajhjp0

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« on: November 28, 2009, 07:11:29 PM »
In the beginning of September I had a condom break on me during insertive anal sex.  It was a guy I didn't know too well, he said he was hiv negative, but I do know people don't know or lie about their status.  He seemed fairly responsible and said he tests frequently.  Well anyway, I tested at 5-6 and 8-9 weeks with OraQuick Advance and both came back negative.  I am going this week for my 12-13 week test and I slightly anxious.  I have always been pretty healthy, no iv drugs or chemotherapy or anything.  I did have a surgery last year (November) to remove a lymph node in my chest (ended up being nothing, just a precaution), would this cause me to seroconvert later, or can I be pretty confident that my 12-13 week test will just be a confirmation of the others?  I won't even get into symptoms, as I am sure most are stress related.  Thanks.

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Re: anxious
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2009, 07:32:48 AM »
Nothing you are reporting would interefere with the accuracy of your test result.

Considering the low level of risk with that condom break and your subsequent negative results, I expect you to continue to test negative. It's understandable to be anxious of course and I do expect you will come out of this ok.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Re: anxious
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2009, 11:15:39 AM »
Thanks Andy.  It's been an odd 3 months, that's for sure.  I'll let you know how it goes, probably next Monday, that will be like 12.5 weeks.  I'll split the difference between 12 and 13...

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Re: anxious
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2009, 11:26:27 AM »
aj,

Please read through the condom and lube links in my signature line. A correctly used and stored condom rarely breaks.

Like Andy, I also expect you to continue to test negative over this incident. The vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks, with the average time to seroconversion being only 22 days. A six week (or more) negative is highly unlikely to change, but must be confirmed at the three month point where there has actually been a risk.

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Offline ajhjp0

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Re: anxious
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2009, 07:37:39 PM »
I received my 12.5 week negative result today with the OraQuick Advance Oral swab.  Thanks for the help guys...

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Re: anxious
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2009, 08:21:00 AM »
That IS happy news. Good luck to you now and celebrate by always without exception using condoms for intercourse.

Best to you.
Andy Velez

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Re: anxious
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2009, 12:05:29 PM »
I hope that I am not out of line, if so, please just delete this.  But for those of you reading this, when they say that symptoms don't mean anything, it's true.  Two weeks after this event, I developed a sore throat.  It was only then that I got pretty anxious, and from there I had just about every symptom in the book, be it real or just imaginary.  My feet burned and tingled (then I read about peripheral neurophy). I was convinced I had a rash, my stomach was making the most awful noises at all hours of the day, and in the end I wasted hours reading about symptoms.  I let it really effect my life, more so then it deserved.  I searched my whole body for lymph nodes, and then of course, they got very sore which then only fueled my anxiety.  They stayed sore for 3 weeks because I kept poking and probing.  Then my anxiety made me pretty fatigued, and of course I was convinced it was from HIV.  Head aches soon came, and then blurry vision.  The moral of the story is symptoms don't indicate anything, and the people here do know what they are talking about.

I hope this isn't out of line, I just wanted to give my experience to hopefully help someone else remain calm and rational.  Thank you again for all the information and best wises.  I hope I don't have to return!

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Re: anxious
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2009, 12:37:26 PM »
No, you aren't out of line. However, unfortunately when caught up in the throes of HIV-anxiety it's often difficult for someone to take in the information about risk level, symptoms, etc.

Cheers.
Andy Velez

Offline agenteye

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Re: anxious
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2009, 02:52:16 PM »
Yeah I can DEFINITELY relate to this!  I just got an almost 10 week negative...and I only feel slightly better than I did before I found out!  But no doubt about having every symptom in the book....peripheral neuropathy DEFINITELY convinced...and headaches/blurry vision and chills still going on.  I'm hoping it's just nerves at this point, but the fact that the guy I had unprotected sex with turned out to be HIV positive....well, not a worse feeling in the world.  If I test negative in 3 weeks, you can bet I will NEVEEEEEEEEEER have unprotected sex again!  Ever, as GOD as my witness!

Congrats on the negative result by the way...must be a huge sigh of relief for you!

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: anxious
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2009, 03:22:12 PM »
Agent, I know your intentions were the best. However, only those authorized by the site are supposed to respond to members in this section. Please respect that rule and write only in your own thread.

Thanks for your cooperation.
Andy Velez

 


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