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Author Topic: Test Results - Can I Trust Them?  (Read 1161 times)

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Offline balearics27

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Test Results - Can I Trust Them?
« on: July 10, 2012, 04:31:11 PM »
Hi.

I am after a little advice if possible please.

Regardless of symptoms or exposure, if I have tested out to 42 weeks post a potential 'exposure', & given the fact I have had mild steroid usage due to Asthma (potentially through what could have been the window period)  & daily usage of Steroid creams for over twenty years, my 42 week test was negative (HIV Vidas Duo), can I move on and forget about my worries in terms of HIV?

I also tested from day 28 onwards when the Antigen may have been present, but my final test was over 300 days post exposure.

I would appreciate your comments, Thank You :)


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Re: Test Results - Can I Trust Them?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012, 04:48:11 PM »
The gold standard for testing - your medical caveats included - remains three months.

That is 90 days.

"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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Re: Test Results - Can I Trust Them?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2012, 05:08:18 PM »
You have way more than sufficiently tested negative. You are HIV negative.

Be glad and move on with your life.
Andy Velez

Offline balearics27

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Re: Test Results - Can I Trust Them?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2012, 06:27:59 PM »
Thank you Andy & JK for your swift responses.

Through all of this, I have learned so much about HIV & it has made me a better person, it has also made me realise the ignorance that we have here in the UK due to such poor education on the virus.

Over here in the UK, many of the private clinics believe that testing at 28 days is conclusive due to the AG part of the Duo test, would one of you care to expand on the Antigen further, I would personally find it interesting & also for anyone else researching (or worrying) it may also help them too.

My concern that lead me to ask a question on this forum was that there may have been a delay in AB production which lead to me negative tests, with the Antigen being a separate part to the Antibody I have been reassured that the tests were accurate even if the AB had been delayed.

I appreciate this info is widely available on the web but a bit of 'personal thought' from your experience on the P24 Antigen side of the test would be appreciated.

Thank you once again. :)

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Test Results - Can I Trust Them?
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2012, 06:55:14 PM »
Oh no, you're trying to mask it neatly but basically you're still hanging around in what if and doubts.

Cut it out. Stop with this antigen/AB delay and all of that. You have more than reliably tested negative. You ARE HIV negative. Period.

Get on with your life. At this point before it proceeds further I am going to caution you that if you come back with more wonderings you are going to find yourself getting a Time Out from the site. Consider yourself warned.

Keep it simple and just get on with your life. Really.
Andy Velez

Offline balearics27

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Re: Test Results - Can I Trust Them?
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2012, 06:58:35 PM »
Hi Andy,

Fair comment but I do have general interest in your views, there is so mcuh conflicting info around.

Fully appreciate the warning - thanks for your answers today.

All teh best!

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Re: Test Results - Can I Trust Them?
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2012, 07:00:43 PM »
You're welcome.

Andy Velez

 


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