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Offline JP1002

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Am I infected?
« on: August 23, 2014, 08:06:26 AM »
Hi everyone,

I would appreciate immensely your thoughts on my situation.

Exactly six weeks ago in July 10, 2014 I had an encounter with a man of unknown status. I was the receptive partner in this and the sex was protected (Don't know if condom broke). After the sex I had some white/yellowish fluid on my rectal opening that didn't smell at all and I thought it was anal mucus.

Long story short, I started to experience symptoms that may or may not have been associated with HIV, but that warranted me to be worried. This all started at the two-week mark.

Timetable of events:

Note: I know I can't diagnose HIV based on symptoms alone, but I decided to do a timetable of events anyways.

Symptoms:
Week 1: Major headache that lasted a day
Week 2: Soar throat
Week 3: Drank medication for the soar throat and prevent congestion in the case of a summer cold/allergies. I don't know if it was due to the medication or not, but I developed a white tongue, was barely producing saliva and had a dry mouth. Diarrhea shortly persisted after.
Week 4: Diarrhea persisted for a few days. White tongue still present.
Week 5: Diarrhea was gone. White tongue still present. Developed allergies: Sneezing, coughing, runny nose. Cold sores on lips developed.
Week 6: Nose mucus. Cold sore still present but subsiding. White Tongue still present at this time.

HIV Testing Timetable:
Note: All these tests were done at different Hospitals.

Week 1: None
Week 2: HIV DUO Test for HIV 1 and 2 (Antigen & Antibody): Negative
Week 3.7 To be exact: I did a HIV Antibody Test for HIV 1 and 2: Negative
Week 3.7: My Infectious Disease Doctor saw I was worried sick and decided to do a PCR (Early Detection Test). Results were pending for week 4. He also did other analysis for other STD's/STI's.
Week 4: Went to do a ORAL Rapid Antibody Test for HIV 1 and 2: Negative
Week 4: Did a HIV DUO Test for HIV 1 and 2 (Antibody and Antigen): Negative
Week 4 Results on PCR Test: Non-detectable. The doctor considered this test conclusive and that I didn't need anymore testing. The results for the other STD's/STI's returned negative as well. He gave me the Hepatitis B Vaccine since I didn't have it at the time, have to return for two more vaccines for it.
Week 5: HIV Rapid Antibody Test (Blood): Negative
Week 6(Current Week): HIV Rapid Test (Oral Swab): Negative

Now, I know I have tested A LOT, but what are the chances of my negative status going positive? How reliable are the tests I've taken?

I will appreciate all the responses I get to this thread. Although I am more reassured that I don't have HIV, I am still thinking the worst. Do not worry guys, I have scheduled a counseling session both at my college and outside of the college setting to alleviate my anxiety and be able to speak to someone about this. I've even called Nightline to speak to them about my situation.

Thanks in advance for your responses! I will keep an eye on this thread periodically.

Best regards,

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Re: Am I infected?
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2014, 08:14:52 AM »
JP, this is all about doubts and fears without anything based in actual risk for HIV. If the condom had broken you would have known it. It's not about little holes. When a condom fails it's very clear because it ends up looking like a hoop with strips on the wearer's penis.

There is nothing HIV specific about any of your "symptoms." If they persist you should discuss them with your doctor to find out the real cause. It is not surprising that you tested negative because I don't see any real risk for HIV in your story.

If you are sexually active and not in the habit of regularly getting tested for all STDs, this is a good time to start. Other STDs are much easier to acquire than HIV. You should do the full panel at least once a year and every 6 months is even better.

I don't see this as an HIV situation.
Andy Velez

Offline JP1002

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2014, 08:26:47 AM »
Andy, you're correct. I do have a lot of doubts and fears which has promoted a sense of anxiety over my situation, which is why I will seek professional help.

I am more concerned on the accuracy of the test I've taken at the times that I took them. I know that the PCR test looks directly for the virus in the blood, and it found none in my case which is reassuring. The duo test I've taken as well have come out negative at the times I've taken them, along with the rapid tests I've done.

In reality, I am more concerned that the test may have missed something, but I have to trust that the science was correct.

As for the condom portion, I am unsure if it broke or not because the intercourse happened in dim lights and I wasn't able to see the condom after all was said and done because the condom was dumped in the toilet by the person I did it with after it was all over, reason I guess that I am concerned.

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2014, 08:33:40 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.

You have way over tested for HIV and can trust that the test are accurate . Its very rare for a negative test at 6 weeks to come back as positive and even more rare for antigen test to come back as negative in the time periods you provided. It all adds up to you never had a risk for HIV and will continue to test HIV negative provided you have not had an exposure since you first tested. You can move on from this fear and get on with your life, you do not have HIV .

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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2014, 08:42:24 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.

You have way over tested for HIV and can trust that the test are accurate . Its very rare for a negative test at 6 weeks to come back as positive and even more rare for antigen test to come back as negative in the time periods you provided. It all adds up to you never had a risk for HIV and will continue to test HIV negative provided you have not had an exposure since you first tested. You can move on from this fear and get on with your life, you do not have HIV .

Thanks so much Jeff and Andy for the replies. You guys ready put my mind at ease in regards to my situation.

I will move on with my life, and if anything warrants an update I will make sure to keep you guys in the loop in this thread. Thanks so much for the support you give us, the community, in times like these. :)

Best,

 


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