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Author Topic: How often were you test prior to finding out?  (Read 7959 times)

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Offline wow1969

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Re: How often were you test prior to finding out?
« Reply #50 on: May 20, 2010, 08:17:15 PM »
Sounds to me like deep down you knew all along your BF was lying to you if you were getting tested that often.

No, I really didn't. There is more to the story this is just the readers digest version ... I wouldn't have knowingly placed my health at risk ... I have too much in my life ...

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: How often were you test prior to finding out?
« Reply #51 on: May 21, 2010, 12:40:08 AM »


   I can only remember getting tested a few times.  There was this one time after my first divorce I was dating this stripper, she had a huge dream catcher tattoo on her back and the purple hair really tu.. anyways, one day she told me if her sister tells me anything about her being positive it's not true.
Well, I didn't wait around to find out, I went and tested immediately. 

Then when I was about 24 or 25 I got real sick, so the doctor suggested a HIV test.  It turned out to be a staph infection, and the damn thing almost killed me!

  About 4 months before the day I know I was infected I took a test for a life insurance policy and it came back negative.

   So I guess three times all together.
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Offline skeebo1969

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Re: How often were you test prior to finding out?
« Reply #52 on: May 21, 2010, 11:11:49 AM »
I was tested pretty often for a straight white dude in middle america - about every 3 years - up until I shifted from being an extremely low risk guy (just the usual upper-middle class serial monogamy) to being a high risk one (unprotected with sex workers in Southeast Asia), at which point I stopped getting tested.  Yes, I chose that lifestyle and enjoyed it, well, almost more than I can put into words, but I also had a feeling that I didn't want to know. 

I even knew I was positive, or strongly suspected, after my seroconversion illness, which was followed by a period of low immune system.  But I didn't get tested until a non-working-girl girlfriend forced me to.  At the time I kind of wished she hadn't managed to persuade me, but as it turned out I became very ill with tuberculosis within a few months of the test, so I would probably have found out anyway.


Well goodness gracious, so is this why you consider it a "heavy cross to bear" being an American?  It must be hard getting them to trust a round eye.  Now I know where the term ugly American comes from. ::)

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Offline peteb

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Re: How often were you test prior to finding out?
« Reply #53 on: May 21, 2010, 11:24:33 AM »
I was never tested
got deathly ill and ended up in hosp with full blown AIDS

Offline CJ2009

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Re: How often were you test prior to finding out?
« Reply #54 on: May 21, 2010, 08:46:20 PM »
Atleast once every few months and two months before I was diagnosed.

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Re: How often were you test prior to finding out?
« Reply #55 on: May 21, 2010, 09:35:17 PM »
It was very irregular. During my previous monogamous LTR, maybe every year. Trust but verify...
Outside of that, every 3 to 6 months.

Offline elf

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Re: How often were you test prior to finding out?
« Reply #56 on: May 22, 2010, 07:44:36 AM »
Negative tests in 2000 and 2001, positive in 2008.
No tests between 2002-07 (3 monogamous relationships and always safe sex).
I was devastated after my 3rd break-up, I slept with a guy, a condom was not used,
and I got infected (in my case the risk was: 1/1 or 100 %).

Don't believe in lowish risks. I am scared to go swimming since
I know a shark would get me. Just my luck  :-\ ???
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Offline HippieLady

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Re: How often were you test prior to finding out?
« Reply #57 on: May 23, 2010, 03:22:22 PM »
I was tested three times prior to the birth of my children...I believe it's the law to test pregnant women.  I didn't want to think of getting tested after the rape two years ago, I just wanted to heal and move on.  I could have went many years without knowing I was poz, but a few months ago I got an overwhelming urge to get pregnant again.  My husband and I got pregnant right away.  After routine bloodwork I got the news and we lost the baby less than a week later.  I do believe everything happens for a reason whether we understand it or not.

My husband has been tested once so far and it was neg.  I know he will need more testing since our last unprotected encounter was when I got pregnant.  I take some comfort in thinking it may be harder for a woman to pass it to a man.  No sure if that's true but I hope he never tests poz.
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Offline jackfrost

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Re: How often were you test prior to finding out?
« Reply #58 on: May 24, 2010, 02:36:48 AM »
I tested usually once every two years, not very often. The last time I tested before I found out I was Poz was July 2008 and then I got tested In February 2010 and found out March 1st 2010.

Offline sharkdiver

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Re: How often were you test prior to finding out?
« Reply #59 on: May 25, 2010, 08:25:05 AM »
     Let's see here.....about two months after the test was made available back in 1985.

I was having sex when safe sex was  doing it before your parents came home.  Well at least I don't have to deal with the B.S. of "but,he told me he was negative"

Offline Buckster2005

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Re: How often were you test prior to finding out?
« Reply #60 on: May 26, 2010, 10:58:33 AM »
I developed shingles in 1985  and the Dr tested me with something called the P24 antigen test.  This came back negative. 

In 1986 the Dr. decided to test with the anitbody test and it was positive even though the P24 test always came back negative.  I haven't thought about that in years.

Buck

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Re: How often were you test prior to finding out?
« Reply #61 on: May 26, 2010, 11:53:25 AM »
I developed shingles in 1985  and the Dr tested me with something called the P24 antigen test.  This came back negative. 

In 1986 the Dr. decided to test with the anitbody test and it was positive even though the P24 test always came back negative.  I haven't thought about that in years.

Buck

The p24 antigen test is only useful in the first few weeks of infection. After that it disappears. In some people with advanced, untreated infection, it sometimes reappears.
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