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Author Topic: i put myself at risk  (Read 9836 times)

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Offline bobsmith1793

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Re: i put myself at risk
« Reply #50 on: June 02, 2011, 03:28:55 PM »
OK, a really odd thing happened at the GUM clinic. the Dr refused to give me a HIV test.

It has now been 6 weeks since my exposure and the last test I got was at a privite clinic 2 weeks ago.  Today the Dr said she would not let me have a test as the ones they had only detected antibodies and would not show up anything untill after 3 months.  I questioned her and asked did the test not also test something else as well at antiboddies, a duo test ( i tried to remember what I have already learned from this forum about some kind of duo test being the standard).  I also explained that I understood that i couldn't get a definitive test untill 3 months but I thought a six week test would give me a good indication.    anyway she refussed to let me have the test but sent me next door to get a blood test for syphallis from the nurse.

I started telling the nurse about this and she said she would put my bloods for a HIV test anyway, and the test they used was a P24(?) as well as an antibody test.

I'm happy i've had the test, but a bit shocked :o /confused  :-\ /disappointed >:( by the behavior of the DR
« Last Edit: June 02, 2011, 03:31:58 PM by bobsmith1793 »

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Re: i put myself at risk
« Reply #51 on: June 03, 2011, 07:09:04 AM »
Bob,

You have to understand that there was once a "ring-fence" around hiv funding in the NHS. It was removed somewhere around 2003 or so. What this means is that many NHS Trusts have to carefully guard their resources when it comes to anything to do with hiv. Unfortunate, but true. It could be that the doctor was protecting her resources and not wanting to waste them on over-testing.

Provided the six week test is negative, I would not expect your result to change when you test again at three months. Don't bother testing in-between six and twelve weeks, it's a waste of resources.

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