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Offline krikor75

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Help, second opinion on test
« on: June 13, 2013, 12:26:58 PM »
Hi there. I took an oraquick test at 11 weeks, no sex since my incident, and it appears to be negative. Question, though, in my test, the line is not exactly in the center of the arrow for the "C" in the test stick. Does this matter? Below is a link to a photo from my test. Does this clearly indicate negative?? Thank you.

Also have had no symptoms or illness since my incident, but have been worried and paranoid. I keep staring at the photo of my test and wondering if there's a faint line by the "T" that I can't see.

Edited by Ann to remove photo link. We do not permit people to use photos in order for us to diagnose symptoms or interpret test results.
« Last Edit: June 14, 2013, 05:09:18 AM by Ann »

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Re: Help, second opinion on test
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2013, 01:48:14 PM »
Hi Krikor , wish I could be of more assistance but I'm not real keen on following a link and downloading images from strangers on my computer .

The best I can do is suggest you call the support number on the packaging from your test . I'm confident that they would be the ones to ask about this if you are unsure about the results of their test . 

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2013, 02:00:50 PM »
Understand your concern about the link, but my box.com account was the only way to share a pic publicly here, yet anonymously. I already called the hotline, but would like  someone else to actually confirm this is a negative test, which requires looking at it. Hotline folks can't see it.

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Re: Help, second opinion on test
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2013, 02:11:48 PM »
Krikor , lets back up and do it this way . What was your exact risk at 11 weeks ago ? . You would be shocked at how many people we talk to that never had a risk .

You are in the testing window period of 6 weeks post exposure and you will need to test again at 3 months to confirm it .

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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2013, 02:18:57 PM »
i was getting a massage, the guy was sitting on me massaging my chest. next think i knew, without warning, he was sitting on my cock, and i started pumping, but came quickly, in less than 30 seconds, then pushed him off.  that was the only time i ever had anal sex with a guy.  i have not had any symptoms.

this could have been 11-13 weeks ago.  i know it is was at least 11 weeks ago in March b/c it was before Easter, but i dont remember if it was 1 or 2 weeks before.  do you have an email address where i can send you the photo of the test stick?

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2013, 02:53:18 PM »
You did have a risk and did the right thing by testing , it sounds like a negative test result and I just bet that's what the person on the phone at oraquick told you .

You are going to have to test again at 3 months to confirm your results , if you are unsure about the test you just took then you can either take another one or better yet go to a clinic and get tested . Im not comfortable giving out my email address or reading your test from a online pic . Maybe one of the other moderators will have a better idea when they read this thread but this is all I can offer . Best of luck . 

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Re: Help, second opinion on test
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2013, 05:15:20 AM »

I removed the photo link from your first post. We do not do online test interpretation or symptom diagnosing through photos. It's outside our remit.

You had a risk, but a risk on the lower end of the spectrum. Hiv is much more difficult to transmit from the receptive partner to the insertive partner and you weren't likely to end up hiv positive following this brief incident.

If you are unsure of your test results (I didn't look, but it sounds like a bona-fide negative to me), go to a clinic and have a professional do the test for you. You can find a testing center near you by entering your zip code into poz.com's Health Services Directory.

You tested slightly too early for a "gold-standard" negative result, but I do not expect that result to change.

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. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

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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