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Offline pmlearner2

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PCR Qualitative Test Positive
« on: September 08, 2013, 12:35:34 AM »
Dear Members,
Request your kind advise on my situation
I had a potential exposure (CSW- Vaginal- Condom Burst), after 21 hours i was taking PEP (Tenofovir+Lamuvidine+ Efavirenz). Six days after exposure P24 antigen was negative, 12 days after exposure PCR RNA Qualitative was positive (detected). I still have 13 days of PEP left, no symptoms after 16 days. If the virus is in my body and therefore was detected, do I still have any hope since I
still have 13 days of PEP left.
Thank you for your time

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Re: PCR Qualitative Test Positive
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2013, 01:24:42 AM »
Dear Members,
Request your kind advise on my situation
I had a potential exposure (CSW- Vaginal- Condom Burst), after 21 hours i was taking PEP (Tenofovir+Lamuvidine+ Efavirenz). Six days after exposure P24 antigen was negative, 12 days after exposure PCR RNA Qualitative was positive (detected). I still have 13 days of PEP left, no symptoms after 16 days. If the virus is in my body and therefore was detected, do I still have any hope since I
still have 13 days of PEP left.
Thank you for your time


PCR testing, as I am sure you know, is known for false positives. That is why it is not used for stand-alone testing.

Especially not when coupled with PEP, whose sole purpose is to defeat viral replication which the PCR is supposed to be detecting. I am curious as to what doctor would possibly recommend those two in conjunction with one another.

In the (over) ten years I have been giving risk assessments out on this forum I have NEVER seen an insertive partner test positive over a condom break. I seriously dount you will be the first, especially with PEP.

What you need to do is complete your course of PEP and get an antibody test six weeks AFTER your final dose of PEP, then, to finalize the deal, get another test at three months after finishing PEP.

I firmly believe you will test negative, and am sorry that you were led to an absurd test at a time when it would be abjectly imposssible for it to be accurate.

"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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Offline pmlearner2

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Re: PCR Qualitative Test Positive
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2013, 01:56:27 PM »
Dear Jkinatl2, 
Thank you for your kind response, whenever i feel anxious, i look at your post and it help me calm myself down.

Offline pmlearner2

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Re: PCR Qualitative Test Positive
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2013, 05:31:11 AM »
Dear Members,

Request your kind advice on my exposure. I am sorry if I appear desperate. I was already advised about the false positives with RNA PCR and the appropriate time for a reliable test.

Could you please advice if an active rabies vaccination can lead to a false positive RT RNA PCR result. I am currently taking vaccination for rabies, on the day of the exposure I had gone for my third rabies shot, I am not able to get the information about probable causes for RNA PCR false positives. I would be extremely grateful if someone guides me to a source or provides their insights.

Thank You.

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Re: PCR Qualitative Test Positive
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2013, 07:35:23 AM »
No, a rabies shot would not affect your test result.

You began PEP early on which is excellent. You need to know that for a reliable result you have to start counting from the time you finish PEP. If you get a negative at 6 weeks after the completion of PEP that signals that you are likely to continue negative for a conclusive result at 3 months after completing PEP.

I know it's hard having the waiting time, but that's the deal. In the meantime you have to make a real effort to focus on other things in your life. Doing that will make the waiting time pass more easily than you may imagine is possible. Just do it.

You had a very low level risk to begin with. I expect that all of your fears notwithstanding you will come out of this ok.
 
Andy Velez

 


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