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casimir:
Sorry to keep bugging you all.  I just was wondering if there was a way to find out what generation test was used for my HIV. Would the doctor know? Like I said before I had a negative test at 4 weeks and 8 1/2 weeks.  Now I am stressing on getting the 13 week test and My Doctor is telling me that I dont really need it and that I should just relax.  He says alot of my symptoms are stress related.  Could stress really cause all these symptoms.  Has anyone ever seen someone test negative at 8 weeks and come up positive later on.  Thanks once again for all your help everyone!  If Andy or Ann or anyone with alot of experience with this issue could respond it would help out alot. 

Matty the Damned:

--- Quote from: casimir on June 13, 2006, 08:06:31 PM ---Sorry to keep bugging you all.  I just was wondering if there was a way to find out what generation test was used for my HIV. Would the doctor know? Like I said before I had a negative test at 4 weeks and 8 1/2 weeks.  Now I am stressing on getting the 13 week test and My Doctor is telling me that I dont really need it and that I should just relax.  He says alot of my symptoms are stress related.  Could stress really cause all these symptoms.  Has anyone ever seen someone test negative at 8 weeks and come up positive later on.  Thanks once again for all your help everyone!  If Andy or Ann or anyone with alot of experience with this issue could respond it would help out alot. 

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Cas,

The generation of the tests used is really not a concern of mortals like you or me. It's really the province of the boffins and the eggheads. All antibody tests, no matter what their generation or the numbers after their names are reliable at 12-13 weeks.

Trust your doctor. He or she will order the appropriate test for you. You should know that an 8 week negative is extremely good. I would expect that your 13 week test will be negative too.

Fret not, my dear.

MtD

casimir:
Thanks Matty,

Its just hard because my Doc really feels that I dont need another test and he insists that all my symptoms are stress related.  It's like everywhere I turn lately it is like another symptom pops out of nowhere on me.  I have never really been sick my entire life.  I have been a Soldier for seven years and never sick once, now all of sudden boom after this risky encounter with a female, 2 months later my body just goes to crap.  I know everyone probably just thinks im overreacting but its hard not to.  Reading everyones threads helps to know there are alot of people out there just like me but it still worries me.  well I will try and convince him that I need another test, but I am still worried for the result.

Matty the Damned:

--- Quote from: casimir on June 13, 2006, 08:24:51 PM ---Thanks Matty,

Its just hard because my Doc really feels that I dont need another test and he insists that all my symptoms are stress related.  It's like everywhere I turn lately it is like another symptom pops out of nowhere on me.  I have never really been sick my entire life.  I have been a Soldier for seven years and never sick once, now all of sudden boom after this risky encounter with a female, 2 months later my body just goes to crap.  I know everyone probably just thinks im overreacting but its hard not to.  Reading everyones threads helps to know there are alot of people out there just like me but it still worries me.  well I will try and convince him that I need another test, but I am still worried for the result.

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Cas,

Since you've had unprotected sex (I'm presuming it was anal or vaginal) then you do need to test again at week 12 or 13. Unless you're in Masachussetts, where the period is 6 weeks. Again this difference in window periods is to do with the generation of the tests used in the US, and because we're mortals we don't have to worry about that.

We say this a lot, but it bears repeating. Symptoms have diddlysquat to do with diagnosing HIV. No symptom is specific to HIV and given your various other conditions I would think that the cause lies somewhere other than HIV.

The reality is that your 8 week result is an almost certain indicator that you'll test negative at 13 weeks. HIV is difficult to transmit, particularly from female to male. 97% of people who test positive do so at 6 weeks, irrespective of the generation of the test used.

Please read the AIDSMEDS lessons section on HIV transmission and testing. You'll find the link the upper left hand corner of the page.

Regards,

MtD

casimir:
Matty,

I had unprotected (vaginal) sex with a female about 6 times total. almost 12 weeks ago.  Is it true that it is hard for the penetrator to catch the virus.   so the 8 1/2 week elisa is fairly indicative of what my outcome would be at 13 weeks because my Doc keeps telling me that i am overreacting and dont need a 13 week.

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