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Author Topic: Waiting too long to test?  (Read 686 times)

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Offline CuriousGeorge1985

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Waiting too long to test?
« on: May 06, 2016, 02:51:51 AM »
So i had a questionable exposure almost 2 years ago... at approx 18 months I had a 4th gen test because of some symptoms. The results came back negative  but recently ive had more symptoms including folliculitis/boils and recurring diahhrea.

I am curious if you can wait too long to be tested? Or if the test is reliable.

Really stressed about all of this


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Re: Waiting too long to test?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2016, 03:34:16 AM »
Hi

A negative HIV test at 13 weeks past any possible exposure is conclusive.
It is safe for you to move on.

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. As you are sexually active, it is highly recommended that you get a full sexual health check-up / screening at least annually including but not limited to hiv testing.

Remember that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's. So please do get fully tested regularly for all STI's including HIV and more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs. Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Finally use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, to avoid sexually transmitted hiv infection.

Kind regards

Jim

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Offline CuriousGeorge1985

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Re: Waiting too long to test?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2016, 04:21:24 PM »
Thanks for your reply , I am still confused about the 4th Gen test.

It detects early hiv infection but is it possible after 18 months that it would not detect antibody too?

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Re: Waiting too long to test?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2016, 05:06:28 PM »
Hi

Your test result is conclusive.

I think the idea that its called "early detection" is causing your confusion.  Ill try to explain it but the message is simple you are negative, accept it and move on.

Early detection, it simply indicates that the test might detect sooner than older tests but from a practical point of view it does not mean anything more than that. I suspect you took a test that looks for P24 + Antibodies.  See the time it takes the body to produce antibodies after HIV infection has begun is known as the "window period." Most people will produce antibodies to HIV within four to six weeks after exposure, some people the outliers so to speak it will take a little longer hence we recommend testing at 13 weeks to be conclusive.

In addition the 4th generation duo tests would look for antigen & antibodies. The p24 antigen is an HIV viral protein that is typically elevated before antibodies to the virus have been produced.

Hope that helps and in my signature you can also find a link to information on testing that explains this in more detail. ill add that in short if I took a HIV test today, next year or in 20 years time I would still test positive (reactive) as I am living with HIV.

Jim

« Last Edit: May 22, 2016, 05:10:23 PM by JimDublin »
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