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Offline kevin12

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HIV RNA test
« on: March 19, 2014, 01:01:00 PM »
Hey everyone. About 18 days ago, I performed fellatio on a guy twice. We did not use a condom but he did not ejaculate into my mouth either time. To my knowledge, there was no pre-ejaculate either. He did, however, make me deep throat him quite a bit and was kind of forceful (I donít know if this increases the risk of transmission???). Before this, I asked him multiple times if he was disease free. He said that he tested negative for everything two or three weeks prior. Although he said he did have sex since then, he insisted that it was only with people that he knew and trusted to be negative. After we had oral sex I immediately became paranoid that I got HIV. I kept pestering him by asking him a ton of questions about how sure he was that is disease free. He never really answered my question but kept insisting that he is 100% he is disease free. At one point, he did say yes when I asked if he waited 3 months after having sex to get tested for HIV. Of course Iím a little skeptical.

Anyway, Iíve done a ton of research since then and know that the risk of getting HIV from oral sex is low, especially without ejaculation. But, I was so paranoid and anxiety stricken that I went to my universityís health center and asked to get an HIV RNA test. I just couldnít handle waiting for more than two months to know if Iím negative. Iíve read that the HIV RNA test has a high rate of false positives, sometimes up to 10%. Now that I am waiting for my results and I have had a little more time to calm down and accept that my risk was low, I am extremely worried that I will get a false positive. If the test comes back positive, I know that I wonít be able to convince myself that it is a false positive because Iíll be so scared that I really am positive. If it comes back positive, would it be a bad idea to get another HIV RNA test in a few weeks? I just donít think I can handle waiting until June to get the antibody test after getting a positive test result. Even though thereís up to a 10% chance that my HIV RNA test will yield a false positive, that still means that thereís a greater chance (90%) that I wonít get a false positive, assuming I really am HIV-, right?

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance!

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Re: HIV RNA test
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 01:20:25 PM »
HIV is transmitted sexually from unprotected anal and vaginal sex . You  did not have a risk giving a BJ and do not need to test over this specific incident so its a shame you wasted money on a test you do not need .

If you had a risk ( you did not ) you would still have to confirm the RNA test at 3 months so what I'm getting at is there are no shortcuts to HIV testing .

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.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Although you did not have a risk and do not need to test for this specific incident , 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: HIV RNA test
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2014, 02:44:17 PM »
So is it likely that my HIV RNA test will come back negative considering my low risk, even though HIV RNA tests have a high rate of false positives?

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Re: HIV RNA test
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2014, 02:49:16 PM »
So is it likely that my HIV RNA test will come back negative considering my low risk, even though HIV RNA tests have a high rate of false positives?

You did not have a low risk you had no risk . If you are testing for peace of mind wait and do it at 6 weeks or 3 months . If you want to pay big bucks for a test that has to be confirmed at 3 months go ahead . There is no shortcut to HIV testing .

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Re: HIV RNA test
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2014, 01:26:32 PM »
Hey everyone. A few months ago, I performed fellatio twice on a guy who seemed to have a lot of sexual encounters (with men who have sex with men). We did not use a condom but he did not ejaculate into my mouth either time. To my knowledge, there was no pre-ejaculate either. He did, however, make me deep throat him quite a bit and was kind of forceful (I donít know if that increases the risk of transmission???). Before this, I asked him multiple times if he was disease free. He said that he tested negative for everything two or three weeks prior. Although he said he did have sex since then, he insisted that it was only with people that he knew and trusted to be negative. After we had oral sex I immediately became paranoid that I got HIV. I kept pestering him by asking him a ton of questions about how sure he was that he is disease free. He never really answered my questions but kept insisting that he is 100% sure he is disease free. At one point, he did say yes when I asked if he waited 3 months after having sex to get tested for HIV. Of course Iím a little skeptical, but he said he is knows how to be safe.

Anyway, Iíve done a ton of research since then and know that the risk of getting HIV from oral sex is low, especially without ejaculation. But, I was so paranoid and anxiety stricken that I went to my universityís health center and asked to get an HIV RNA test. I just couldnít handle waiting 3 months to take the HIV Antibody Test to know my status. The results of my HIV RNA test stated that the viral loaded detected was less than 20 copies. Iíve come to the conclusion that this means my results are negative, since my viral load would be detectable and much higher if I were positive.

Now I know the only way to know my status for sure is to get the HIV Antibody test at least 3 months after the possible exposure. But, since I had a fairly low risk encounter and my HIV RNA test did not detect a viral load (at least anything above 20), is it safe to assume that the results of my HIV Antibody test will be negative as well? Do I have anything to worry about?

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance!

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Re: HIV RNA test
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2014, 01:36:09 PM »
Only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter, you can find your thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post ans it will take you here .

There is nothing more we can add ... you did not have risk and can move on from this incident . You are HIV negative and do not need further testing for this incident . 

 


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