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Author Topic: Confirmation and advice needed  (Read 476 times)

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Offline DHunt

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Confirmation and advice needed
« on: March 30, 2014, 01:29:10 PM »
Thank you for taking the time to read this.  Back in August 2013, I topped my one and only "friend with benefits" for the first (and last) time.  It was unprotected.  I had been intimate with him in the past, but never to the level of penetration, usually just oral.  He assured me beforehand that he was negative, and I have no reason to doubt him.  I was "in" for maybe 5 minutes and did not ejaculate.  That was my last sexual encounter.  Exactly 30 and 35 days after that encounter, i took 2 antibody tests, one being a mail-in test from a pharmacy and the other being a blood draw at a lab.  Both came back negative, so after that, I thought nothing of it.  In the past few weeks, though, my OCD has been acting-up, leading me to question the accuracy of the tests.  Correct me if I am wrong, but I had heard that antibody tests were about 70% accurate after roughly 22 days, and the odds of a top becoming infected were about 1 in 1600.  Last night, I went to one of those "ask-a-doctor" websites and asked about this.  Aside from being rude and curt, the "doctor" told me that antibody tests were completely inaccurate before the 90-day mark, and that I should have taken an antigen test.  She then logged-off before I could ask what an antigen test is.  My questions are these: What is the difference between an antibody and antigen test?  How accurate do you think my results were?  Is this just my OCD getting the better of me, or do I have a legitimate cause for concern?  I plan on taking another antibody test this week, if for nothing else than peace of mind.  I appreciate any input.  Thank you!

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Re: Confirmation and advice needed
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2014, 01:31:53 PM »
Thank you for taking the time to read this.  Back in August 2013, I topped my one and only "friend with benefits" for the first (and last) time.  It was unprotected.  I had been intimate with him in the past, but never to the level of penetration, usually just oral.  He assured me beforehand that he was negative, and I have no reason to doubt him.  I was "in" for maybe 5 minutes and did not ejaculate.  That was my last sexual encounter.  Exactly 30 and 35 days after that encounter, i took 2 antibody tests, one being a mail-in test from a pharmacy and the other being a blood draw at a lab.  Both came back negative, so after that, I thought nothing of it.  In the past few weeks, though, my OCD has been acting-up, leading me to question the accuracy of the tests.  Correct me if I am wrong, but I had heard that antibody tests were about 70% accurate after roughly 22 days, and the odds of a top becoming infected were about 1 in 1600.  Last night, I went to one of those "ask-a-doctor" websites and asked about this.  Aside from being rude and curt, the "doctor" told me that antibody tests were completely inaccurate before the 90-day mark, and that I should have taken an antigen test.  She then logged-off before I could ask what an antigen test is.  My questions are these: What is the difference between an antibody and antigen test?  How accurate do you think my results were?  Is this just my OCD getting the better of me, or do I have a legitimate cause for concern?  I plan on taking another antibody test this week, if for nothing else than peace of mind.  I appreciate any input.  Thank you!
You can obtain your conclusive test result 3 months post exposure.

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Re: Confirmation and advice needed
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2014, 02:15:26 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.
You can trust the antibody test if you use it correctly in the appropriate window period . You can test as early as 6 weeks post exposure and confirm it at 3 months .

 
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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.

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.

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