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Offline apulin

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It's been 22 days
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:02:04 AM »
Hi. I was 100% sure I was HIV-negative and std-free until recently. It's been 22 days since I was exposed to the HIV virus from a poz guy through unprotected anal sex. Ejaculation occurred inside the rectum. We only did anal on two consecutive nights but twice (maybe thrice) each night.

He didn't know that he had HIV until last week. To top it off he also tested positive for Hepatitis B and already has symptoms of liver damage.

I have two questions. First: what is the chance that I got HIV from him? I know this is just speculation and that I really need to get tested (and I will), but that is what I'm looking for with this first question. Just speculation of the likelihood based on your knowledge/experience.

The second question: What is the test I need in my situation? I really want to know without delay. And if I have to wait, then how much?

Could you please answer the same questions with respect to Hep B?

Thank you so much!

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Re: It's been 22 days
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2012, 10:20:40 AM »
You haven't made clear whether you were the receptive or the insertive partner during the incidents you are concerned about. Both partners are at risk during unprotected intercourse, but the receptive partner is at greater risk.

You can test initially at 6 weeks past the most recent risk. If you test negative at 6 weeks then it is likely you will continue to test negative at 3 months for a conclusive result.

Our focus here is strictly on HIV. As far hepatitis B is concerned, you can get it from an infected person's blood or cum getting into your bloodstream through unprotected anal or oral sex. You should discuss this further with your doctor if you think it might be an issue. Just in general it's a good idea to be up to date with vaccinations against hep B.

You can have all the anal sex you want in the future. You just need to do it the safer way which means always, without exceptions, having the insertive partner using condoms.

Good luck with your tests.
Andy Velez

Offline apulin

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Re: It's been 22 days
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2012, 10:22:59 AM »
Sorry. I was the receptive one (penetrated) during intercourse (every single time).

Offline apulin

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Re: It's been 22 days
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2012, 11:24:41 AM »
So I assume that is the earliest I can take a test? I need to wait another three weeks?

Is it very likely that I'm HIV+ now?

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Re: It's been 22 days
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2012, 12:10:12 PM »
apulin,

Yes, you should wait to test until six weeks after the last incidence of unprotected intercourse.

How likely is it that you're poz? How long is a piece of string? You had a high risk, but not every exposure results in transmission. You may have dodged the bullet.

And when you say you're "100% sure" you were hiv negative before this, if you were barebacking with other men as well, then you don't know that for sure unless you hadn't had unprotected intercourse with anyone else since at least six weeks (ideally three months) before your last negative result. If you've been going by what guys believe or tell you about their hiv status, then you may already have been poz before you BBd with this guy who found out a week later.

If you do dodge the bullet and come out of this ok, I sincerely hope you learn from it and stop BBing until you're in a securely monogamous relationship where you've both tested negative together.

You're just going to have to test at the appropriate time to find out your accurate status. We don't have crystal balls with which to tell you your exact odds.  Good luck.

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Offline apulin

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Re: It's been 22 days
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2012, 12:21:05 PM »
Hi,

Thanks for your replies. I say I was "100% sure" I was HIV- and std-free because I was sexually inactive for about 6 months before this incident and I had tests on December 2011, and again on May of this year (2012) and all my tests were negative. And before that, I had guys wear condoms (not barebacking).

I will wait 3 more weeks then, before I get tested. Which kind of test is the one I need to take? The traditional antibody test? I thought there was an accurate early detection (recent exposure) test that I could take now, that's why I asked if I still needed to wait until 6 weeks.


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Re: It's been 22 days
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2012, 12:52:54 PM »
apulin,

The only test that would be indicated in your situation right now is an RNA (not DNA) PCR test - but they are expensive and they are also not conclusive. You would still have to have your results confirmed either way with regular antibody testing at the appropriate time. Unfortunately, there are no short-cuts to hiv testing.

At six weeks, any standard antibody tests, including rapid tests, would fit the bill and would be highly unlikely to change should it be negative, but must be confirmed at the three month point.

Any positive antibody test would have to be confirmed with another test called a Western Blot. Like I said, no short-cuts.

Ann
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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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