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Author Topic: Negative at 10 weeks.  (Read 917 times)

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Offline RedRidingHood

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Negative at 10 weeks.
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:45:35 AM »
I'm horribly sorry if you get this question all the time, but I had to ask for my own peace of mind. I had a one night stand (my first and probably last ever due to all the stress it's caused haha) and the guy told me he uses condoms constantly and that he never has unprotected sex (which doesn't mean he's telling the truth). Anyway, we had sex and as soon as we noticed that the condom broke, we stopped. Not sure when exactly it broke, but I don't think we were at it for too long after it did.

I did an ELISA blood test 74 days after that exposure (10 weeks and 4 days) and I tested negative. Does it mean I'm actually negative and is the test reliable at 10, almost 11 weeks?
« Last Edit: December 01, 2013, 09:54:42 AM by RedRidingHood »

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Re: Negative at 10 weeks.
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2013, 09:54:57 AM »
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.

Although you must test at 3 months for a conclusive result its highly unlikely you will go on to test positive for HIV ... very highly unlikely .

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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Re: Negative at 10 weeks.
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2013, 10:02:35 AM »
Thank you for your reply.

I've tested for all STD's and I'm negative, the reason why the HIV results are making me nervous is because I can't test again any time soon so I keep thinking that my 10 week negative is not correct!

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Re: Negative at 10 weeks.
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2013, 10:10:31 AM »
Thank you for your reply.

I've tested for all STD's and I'm negative, the reason why the HIV results are making me nervous is because I can't test again any time soon so I keep thinking that my 10 week negative is not correct!

You 10 week test a good indication you are HIV negative and reliable at that point . Why cant you test again at 3 months ?

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Re: Negative at 10 weeks.
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2013, 04:21:14 PM »
I'm constantly traveling and on the move, but I can't calm down and I keep doubting my results! I know a 3 month testing is conclusive, but I've read about that being more due to safety reasons from the test makers rather than scientific (as in, some people have turned positive on the test after a, let's say +8 weeks negative result).

All this info is confusing, some say results at 10 weeks won't change, some disagree... Geez. :)

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Re: Negative at 10 weeks.
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2013, 04:23:35 PM »
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.

 


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