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shannonius:
I know I posted about this before (sort of), and have been advised by a medical doctor and a psychiatrist and by every person under the sun not to worry BUT I still want to know: what are the chances of seroconversion after ten weeks post potential exposure? Assuming, of course, the partner was positive.

Matty the Damned:
Extraordinarily remote.

MtD

RapidRod:
Unless you fall in the category of being an IV drug user, or someone on immuno suppressive drugs. Then the answer would be zero.

Matty the Damned:
Given that we go with the 12-13 week standard here, "extraordinarily remote" is the official answer. Roddles quite correct however. In real terms you have nothing to fret about.

MtD

Ann:
shannon,

You were told this in the old forum and the answers won't change in this forum.

The vast majority of people who have actually been infected with hiv will seroconvert and test positive by SIX weeks. It is uncommon for a six week negative to change and pretty much unheard of for a ten week negative to change. A 12-13 week negative is good as gold and I would fully expect you to test negative again at that point.

You need to make sure your fella is using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions, until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested negative together. If you have a read through the condom and lube links in my signature line, you can make sure the condom is being put on properly. You can also check out the links in the left-hand column of either of those pages - one of them links to a page that discusses the female condom. The female condom can be an excellent way to protect yourself if your man isn't too keen on using the male condom. You simply MUST protect yourself!

Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs. If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results. Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv.

Your ten week negative is not likely to change. Please make sure you protect yourself in the future - next time you might not be so lucky. Use condoms and avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

Ann

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