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Author Topic: razor from a HIV+ and 6 month test  (Read 1771 times)

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Offline eva002

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razor from a HIV+ and 6 month test
« on: August 15, 2011, 11:55:43 AM »
Hello everyone!

In November my dad was diagnosed with advanced AIDS (he only had 12 CD4!!), but now he's on meds and fortunately he's doing fine.

However Iím worried because I've always used his razor to shave my legs and armpits (I didn't know he had HIV) and Iíve cut myself in some occasions, so I decided to get tested.
In Spain the window period is 3 months, but 2 doctors told me to test at 6 months too. So I was tested 3 and 6 months after the last time I used his razor (I canít exactly remember when it was, so I start counting the day my dad was diagnosed, just in case), the results were negative.

Nevertheless I've had some "symptoms":
- 28 days later I experienced an irritation under both of my armpits, it was like a 2cm red spot in every armpit.. (I still have a very soft mark) the doctor said it was a contact dermatitis, but I hadnít shaved or used different deodorants/soaps previously!! I donít know whether it was the ARS rash!!

- 4 months later I had some kind of retro-orbital pain that lasted for 1 week (I read that's a symptom).

Iím also afraid because 4 months later my boyfriend complained of a little loss of feeling in both of his thighs (no pain and no tingling) and he still has it today. I read that it can be peripheral neurophaty related to HIV! Can it appear that soon? Is his little loss of feeling a normal symptom?

Besides, his tongue is a little bit white-yellowish in the bottom, but the doctor said it was normal.

Now Iím afraid of a delayed seroconversion. Should I get tested again? We had never had these ďsymptomsĒ, thatís why Iím so scared! I've read in the internet that some people seroconverted beyond the 6 months mark! Is it true? And if so, in which cases does it happen? Iím very scared :(!

Thanks for your help!!


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Re: razor from a HIV+ and 6 month test
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2011, 12:04:10 PM »

You do not have hiv. 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. While a six WEEK negative result must be confirmed at three months, it is highly unlikely to change. The window period remains at THREE MONTHS to catch the rare person who takes a little longer than six WEEKS to seroconvert and test positive.

The only people who may take a little longer than usual to test positive are those on chemotherapy for cancer, on anti-rejection drugs following organ transplant, or have been injecting street drugs, every day, for years. I trust you do not fall into any of these categories.

You are conclusively hiv negative and do not need further testing over the razor incidents. If you feel unwell, see a doctor. Whatever is going on has NOTHING to do with hiv as you do NOT have hiv.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be 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 for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

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 for intercourse, 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.

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