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Author Topic: High Risk Contact Over 1 Year Ago  (Read 767 times)

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Offline allensc

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High Risk Contact Over 1 Year Ago
« on: January 04, 2015, 10:00:17 PM »
Hello all,

Recent scare, realized I never got checked for any STDs after having unprotected sex a little over a year ago (October/November 2013). Got checked in November of 2014 and everything came back negative. I was most concerned with the HIV test, as the person I slept with had been tested for all except that. The person was sleeping with me as well as 2 other people without my knowledge at the time so I am skeptical of if their tests are current enough.

I know my test came back negative, I never experienced any of those terrible flu symptoms you supposedly get after the window period, and it has been over a year so my window period is supposed to be guaranteed to be closed. However, I am still quite worried because my SO has been experiencing symptoms that resemble those that occur when HIV starts becoming more present within the body.

I apologize if it is obvious that this is just me being paranoid, because it is most likely true. But, I just can't get over the fear I have spread anything to my SO, I love them way too much to not be worried.

Is it possible my window period is still going on? Is it possible my test was a false negative? I appreciate any and all advice/information. Thank you very much, I hope everyone is having a nice night/day.

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Re: High Risk Contact Over 1 Year Ago
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2015, 10:08:56 PM »
If this encounter is your only concern, you can relax as you have conclusively tested negative.  HIV testing guidelines are to test at 6 and 12 weeks past any possible exposure and you have tested negative, far beyond that time frame.

You don't mention if your SO has been tested for HIV.

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 STDs 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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Re: High Risk Contact Over 1 Year Ago
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2015, 10:20:48 PM »
Word, thank you for your quick response.

Yes, this is the only encounter I am concerned with. And I agree, routine checkups are now a part of my yearly itinerary. My current SO has not been tested, I want them to go but they don't think it is necessary since I came back negative (which in my mind is not enough), so currently working on that as well. SO has only had one other partner, I have yet to ask about if they ever had unprotected sex because I am nervous to ask, but I am going to do that next time I see her now that I started getting worried again. I'm pretty positive I, and my SO, are in the clear and your information is pointing in the same direction so, sweet.

Again, thank you for your response, you've confirmed I need to relax haha.

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Re: High Risk Contact Over 1 Year Ago
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2015, 10:24:39 PM »
You are welcome.

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Re: High Risk Contact Over 1 Year Ago
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2015, 10:31:42 PM »
Because of the window period for HIV the only HIV test that matters is your own test taken at the appropriate time . The average time to seroconversion is 22 days. Most who are infected will test positive by 6 weeks. For various reasons a small number will take longer and that is why we follow the CDC recommendation to test at 3 months for a conclusive negative result.

Im not telling you this because you had a risk, Im telling you that asking people their status is not a way to prevent HIV . The best way to protect yourself is to use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid HIV infection. 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.
HIV 101 - Basics
HIV 101
You can read more about Transmission and Risks here:
HIV Transmission and Risks
You can read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
You can read more about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
You can read more about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
You can read more about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP


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