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Inconclusive results?


Ive recently found out my husband has been cheating on me.
He is suffering from a sex addiction. Hes going through therapy and support groups.
But he has multiple partners... He said he used a condom every time. But he lies so i still have my doubts. So I had him get STD tested and his HIV came back inconclusive. She said it was only one marker and its something I shouldnt worry about but he needs to re test again in four weeks. Ive been doing my research and found that mostly likely come back negative and the rare positives that come back are because at the time blood was drawn the person was going through what the call "seroconverting"
He hasnt had any of the symptoms but i know sometimes there may be no symptoms.
I also know that it usually takes 6weeks from infection to go through serconverting and sometimes up to 3 months.
Ive talked to the last girl he had had sex with (so he says it was the last) and it happend about 2 months ago since he had his blood drawn. she told me they did use a condom and he has been her 2nd partner ever.

I have anxiety, im stressed and really worried. so some insight would be appreciated

Joe K:
Your husband needs to test 6 weeks after his last possible exposure.  If has had an exposure, since his indeterminate results, he must wait 6 weeks, prior to testing again.  A second test at 3 month can be done for confirmation.

As you have said, you cannot go by what people tell you and only by testing, will you know his status.


Jeff G:
Joe is correct ...

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.

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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