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« on: May 16, 2012, 07:32:36 PM »
I had possible HIV exposure on March 20th.  I had elissa at 15 and 37 days negative.  I had RNA pcr at 18 days post negative.  I had rapid at 25 days post and 55 days post negative.  I had naat at 55 days negative.  But I am having symptoms.  Everybody told Mr conclusive except CDC they said I am high risk.  Please help.

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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2012, 07:48:26 PM »
I had possible HIV exposure on March 20th.  I had elissa at 15 and 37 days negative.  I had RNA pcr at 18 days post negative.  I had rapid at 25 days post and 55 days post negative.  I had naat at 55 days negative.  But I am having symptoms.  Everybody told Mr conclusive except CDC they said I am high risk.  Please help.

If I might ask, what was the nature of you risk?

If it was unprotected anal and/or vaginal sex, then there was indeed a risk. And while a negative result at 55 days is all but certain, only a test at the three month period will be considered definitive.



"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2012, 08:02:19 PM »
Massage parlor in Houston.  Protected vaginal.  But towards end condom came down about an inch never exposed tip.  CDC tools me naat is not accurate at 8 weeks.

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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2012, 08:39:43 PM »
Massage parlor in Houston.  Protected vaginal.  But towards end condom came down about an inch never exposed tip.  CDC tools me naat is not accurate at 8 weeks.

What you describe it absolutely NO a risk for HIV.

If the tip of your penis, the urethra, was covered by the condom, then you were totally protected. That is the only vulnerable spot on the male anatomy for heterosexual vaginal sex.

Again, there was most assuredly NOT a risk.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2012, 10:16:00 PM »
The CDC scared me.  How accurate is RNA pcr at 18 days post and naat  at 50 days? Both followed by rapid tests.  I've never been so scared.

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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2012, 10:19:15 PM »
You don't need testing.

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2012, 05:47:07 AM »
salsa,

Yeah, the CDC scares a lot of people when it comes to hiv information. Personally, I think they do it on purpose. A lot of their hiv information was published while Bush was still in office and let's face it, Bush was a proponent of the failed "Abstinence Only" initiative.

"Abstinence Only" proponents are happy to scare people away from sex altogether instead of keeping it real. Maybe The First Gay President will be the one to make the CDC get real where hiv is concerned and make them take down their out-dated or poorly written (mis)information.

The skin on the shaft of your penis is no different to the skin on your fingers and fingering is NOT a risk for hiv infection. Your skin is an excellent barrier against hiv.

As JK informed you, only the head of your penis contains cells that hiv can latch onto and infect.

You did not have a risk and you do not need further testing over this incident.

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.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED FURTHER HIV TESTING AT THIS TIME, 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.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2012, 09:36:12 AM »
Thank you for your posts. I just wish I had never spoke with CDC because now I am racked with axietey because they told RNA/naat tests are not reliable.  I wanna make love to my wife but I'm scared now.

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Re: help scared
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2012, 10:00:44 AM »
Fortunately fears and doubts and guilt about straying are not facts. And the facts of your incident as you have reported them indicate that you were never at risk for HIV.

Yes, you can have unprotected intercourse with your wife without any fears that you might transmit HIV to her. You can't give a virus you don't have.

Like many straying husbands the real issue here is guilt. Let it go and get on with your life. HIV is not your problem and there is no need for further testing. 
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rna/nat test still concerned.
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2012, 09:00:34 PM »
I had RNA pcr 18 days post. I had elissa HIV 1/2 ab screen at 15 days and 36 days post negative. I had rapid at at 45 and 55 days post negative. Naat at 55 days negative. I went to er last night was told RNA test for treatment not diagnosis. Elissa tests too early. Rapid not realible. And naat at 55 days too late something about viral load being too low then. Help I'm confused. My primary said 100% not give positive now this I'm worried sick again.

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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2012, 09:06:11 PM »
Fortunately fears and doubts and guilt about straying are not facts. And the facts of your incident as you have reported them indicate that you were never at risk for HIV.

Yes, you can have unprotected intercourse with your wife without any fears that you might transmit HIV to her. You can't give a virus you don't have.

Like many straying husbands the real issue here is guilt. Let it go and get on with your life. HIV is not your problem and there is no need for further testing.

I've merged your threads here. In the future please follow our rule as stated in the opening thread to this section and keep all of your entries in this same thread.

As for your latest concern, you never needed to test. You were not at risk for HIV as you have been told repeatedly. Cut out the drama and get on with your life. I am going to warn you that if you  continue to come back here about your non-risk incident you are going to get a Time Out from the site.

HIV is not your problem. Period.
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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2012, 10:41:51 PM »
So for questions.  This is a very anxious moment for me.  I had an uncle die of aids early on in the begining of epidemic.  I never thought I would put myself in a position like this but there is so much misinformation out there that contributes to high anxiety.  I was even told I participated in high risk behavior so I need to test until 6 months ever at local urgent care I was told RNA pcr was for treatment not diagnosis.  That nay test/pcr at 55 would have been to late because of viral load.  Even the CDC said I was high risk cause of sw status unknown.  I even was transfered cause person didn't know what a naat test was.  Sorry.

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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2012, 11:55:19 PM »
What you described, a condom slipping, was NO RISK.

I honestly don't understand what this fuss is about. The tip of your penis, the urethra, is your vulnerable area when having vaginal sex. That was never exposed.

There is no basis in science for your fear, worry, or testing. I don't know what you've been telling other people, but this has nothing to do with HIV. I cannot imagine this forum will tolerate you going on and on about a sexual act that was effectively protected against HIV.

And as far as being "high risk" because your partner was a sex worker? Bullshit. More people get HIV from known partners. Sex workers protect THEMSELVES by insisting on condoms.

Like the one with whom you had sex, remember?

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2013, 01:22:17 AM »
I had an exposure via needle of tagging gun on may 20, 2013.  Found out an hiv+ person had stuck themselfs on finger 3 days prior.  No visible blood on needle.  Wentvto doctor same day started me on combavir pep.  I got sick  on fist dose.  Went to infectious disease doctor three days later she pulled me off of pep after only  3 1/2 days of taking pep.   Got really sick 3 weeks later.  Extreme fatigue, night sweats, sore throat.   I am diabetic use metformin,  use lipresil for high bloodpressure, also have asthma and allergies,  took prednisone (steroid)   on August 13th for 6 days, and  methylprednisolone 4 mg 21 dospak (steroid) for five days on 9/14/13 and again on 9/27/13 for bad upper respiratory infection.  I tested same day via elisa, 4 weeks via rapid puncture,  6 weeks elisa, 10 weeks oral rapid, 13 weeks via combo and natt pooled, and 20 weeks via rapid oral all negative.  They did a viral load 7 days after stopping pep also all negative but at 17 weeks git rash on chest was told it was hives still there 4 weeks later, still night sweats, bad headaches everyday.  Am I infected someone knowledgeable help.  My concern is weak immune because of asthma/diabetes plus using steroids three times...could I be a late seroconversion?  Help please.

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« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2013, 06:52:56 AM »
Please someone reply

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« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2013, 06:54:45 AM »
Please someone reply

a moderator will be along shortly to move your post to the appropriate forum.

Hang on.

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« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2013, 07:25:59 AM »
Sals,

I removed your thread from the Mental Health forum and merged it here with your original thread. You are not permitted to post in any other forum other than the Am I Infected? forum - and you will have to take out a subscription if you wish to continue posting about this NO RISK situation.

If you attempt to create a new account to get around the subscription requirement, you will be permanently banned.

You don't have hiv. You do, however, have an hiv phobia that needs to be dealt with through counselling/therapy and we cannot provide that for you here.

I also suggest you re-read your entire thread.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE!!!

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Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2013, 09:48:14 AM »
Sals,

We do not permit people to use PMs as a means of getting around paying a subscription for participation in the Am I Infected forum. You have used up your three free posts.

If you didn't know about paying a subscription, then maybe you shouldn't have ignored the large and lengthy IMPORTANT UPDATE that appears at the top of each and every Am I Infected forum page, including this one.

You are not permitted to use PMs to ask questions dealing with hiv transmission and/or testing anyway.

I have removed your PM privilege.

If you read the Welcome Thread before posting like you're supposed to, you will have read the following posting guideline:

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Do NOT use Private Messages to question other members about any transmission, testing or symptom issues. These issues must be discussed in the public forum. Misuse of the PM function in this manner will result in your PM privileges being removed without warning.


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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

 


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