Quantcast

Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr Instagram
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
October 21, 2014, 12:41:19 AM

Login with username, password and session length


Members
Stats
  • Total Posts: 642843
  • Total Topics: 48904
  • Online Today: 203
  • Online Ever: 585
  • (January 07, 2014, 02:31:47 PM)
Users Online
Users: 5
Guests: 197
Total: 202

Welcome


Welcome to the POZ/AIDSmeds Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ/AIDSmeds community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Welcome to Am I Infected

IMPORTANT UPDATE
Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome to the "Am I Infected?" POZ forum.

New members -- those who have posted three or fewer messages -- are permitted to post questions and responses, free of charge (make them count!). Ongoing participation in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- posting more than three questions or responses -- requires a paid subscription.

A seven-day subscription is $9.99, a 30-day subscription is $14.99 and a 90-day subscription is $24.99.

Anyone who needs to post more than three messages in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- including past, present and future POZ Forums members -- will need to subscribe, with secure payments made via PayPal.

There will be no charge to continue reading threads in the "Am I Infected?" forum, nor will there be a charge for participating in any of the Main Forums; Meds, Mind, Body & Benefits; and Off Topic Forums. Similarly, all POZ and AIDSmeds pages, including our "How is HIV Transmitted?" and "Am I Infected? (A Guide to Testing for HIV)" lessons, will remain accessible to all. 

NOTE: HIV testing questions will still need to be posted in the "Am I Infected?" forum; attempts to post HIV symptoms or testing questions in any other forums will be considered violations of our rules of membership and subject to time-outs and permanent bans.

To learn how to upgrade your Forums account to participate beyond three posts in the "Am I Infected?" Forum, please click here.

Thank you for your understanding and future support of the best online support service for people living with, affected by and at risk for HIV.

Author Topic: HIV negative at 11 weeks, need to retest at 3 months?  (Read 6684 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline hamati

  • member
  • Member
  • Posts: 3
HIV negative at 11 weeks, need to retest at 3 months?
« on: July 15, 2013, 03:32:54 PM »
Had protected oral and vaginal with a sex worker april 20th. Started feeling fatigued and pain in joints a couple of weeks after encounter and have had no relief since. Went to see Dr and did CBC, blood chemistry and HIV, all ok, HIV negative (3rd gen ELISA).

All blood tests were done at 76 days (11 weeks) from encounter. Do I need to retest at the 90 day mark or are 11 weeks close enough to confirm no infection?.

Many thanks,

Hugo

Offline Jeff G

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 12,100
  • How am I doing Beren ?
Re: HIV negative at 11 weeks, need to retest at 3 months?
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2013, 03:38:55 PM »
Hi Hamati , You never had a risk to begin with so if this is the only situation 3 months prior to your test then you are  conclusively HIV negative and do not need to test again .

As long as you are using condoms consistently and correctly for vaginal and anal sex you will not become infected with HIV .

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!

Offline hamati

  • member
  • Member
  • Posts: 3
Re: HIV negative at 11 weeks, need to retest at 3 months?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013, 02:31:13 PM »
Since the muscles in my legs keep feeling fatigued and I felt sick during excercise, I did another HIV antibody test at 90 days exactly...it came back negative (3rd gen chemiluminescence). I also went to see an endocrinologist, who say my labs and after examining me, said I was in perfect health

I thought that would ease my worries, but it certainly did not. I keep feeling sick and having fatigued legs.

Went to see an HIV specialist in Mexico City, he is the authority on HIV in the country. He is very amicable, but what he said certainly didn't ease my worries, he didn't go in detail about my exposure and said condoms are not always 100% safe, that with a 90 day negative I'm over 90% sure I did not catch HIV, but he did say it is necessary to test at 6 months to be certain (keep in mind that in Mexico we do have 3rd and 4th generation testing in public and private care).

After a very thorough examination he did not find swollen lymph nodes, rash or enlarged spleen. Said the symptoms I'm having are not related to seroconversion. He ordered a CBC and systemic inflammatory markers and said that if something came up in the tests we should investigate further (all came back negative). He didn't order more HIV testing and commented that if he thought something was up he would have ordered a PCR test. He just said I should take it easy for while excercising (haven't been able to excercise since then...keep feeling sick at times).

Reading the stories of people seroconverting and them feeling fatigued for months, having leg pain and testing negative at 3 months, I am becoming increasingly worried. I guess I expected the Dr to say I did not have anything to worry about, but the 6 month testing recommendation and ongoing leg symptoms is not making it easy.

Anybody been through a similar experience? Did you keep having sympomts after 4 months from ARS and still tested negative?. Did a 3 month negative turn positive after? Should I hace the PCR done?

Many thanks for your replies.

Offline Jeff G

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 12,100
  • How am I doing Beren ?
Re: HIV negative at 11 weeks, need to retest at 3 months?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013, 02:38:33 PM »
Hamati , HIV isn't your problem , you do not have HIV and you do not need further testing for this incident . I suggest talking this over with a mental health professional because there is nothing more we can do for you .

Testing at 6 weeks post exposure and again is the CDC guideline we go by . A 90 day negative result is definitive , you do not have HIV . 

Offline hamati

  • member
  • Member
  • Posts: 3
Re: HIV negative at 11 weeks, need to retest at 3 months?
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2013, 09:54:12 PM »
I understand why at 90 days a test is conclusive, many sources and experts have this as a guideline. Why is there still a controversy between sources and experts about 3 or 6 months antibody testing?. 6 month wait for a conclusive test coming from a top HIV specialist is conflicting to say the least.

Have you ever known about a 3 month negative turning positive at 6 months?

Are people telling their own seroconversion lying or is there a general policy in the web forums to calm people down?.





Offline Jeff G

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 12,100
  • How am I doing Beren ?
Re: HIV negative at 11 weeks, need to retest at 3 months?
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2013, 10:50:20 PM »
The CDC guideline for HIV testing is 6 weeks post exposure and again at 3 months to confirm the results , its been the excepted guideline for years now .

I have never heard of anyone testing positive after a 3 months unless they were exposed after the 3 month test .

We use peer reviewed science for our assessments in order to tell the truth about HIV and its ridiculous to suggest we would bend the truth to keep people calm .

 


Terms of Membership for these forums
 

© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.