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Author Topic: 3 months is too long!!!!  (Read 2857 times)

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Offline lmnop

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3 months is too long!!!!
« on: February 01, 2007, 05:18:41 PM »
On November 28, 2006, I had unprotected sex. Around December 23, 2006, I got sick. It started with a fever, then chest tightness. I haven’t really been sick all year so I thought I was due for the flu. While searching online for symptoms of the flu, I ran across topics dealing with the flu-like symptoms of HIV. I was able to point out the few symptoms that I had and started to become really concerned. My ailment lasted for about a week and then I decided to get tested. On January 3, 2006, I was tested and got my results some time later. The doctor told me that I tested positive on the first test (ELISA), but negative on the second (Western Blot). They were really confused, as was I, and told me that they really couldn’t tell what the problem was. They told me to come back in April to get retested. I am going crazy now and it’s only February. After the test, I got back online and found all of this information about false-positive tests, and the fact that the first test could have picked up on something else, and many other similar topics.

I read that sometime after the initial exposure to HIV, flu-like symptoms occur and last for 1-2 weeks. I would like to know that if I was sick with the pre-symptoms of HIV wouldn’t the test pick up on that infection. I was tested a couple of days after I got over being sick. Or, is it still to early to tell?  Do I really have to wait until April to find out?
 ???

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Re: 3 months is too long!!!!
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2007, 05:27:16 PM »
First of all take a deep breath.  You did have an incident that will require testing.  You dont HAVE to wait till April.  By my count its been 9 weeks since your exposure.  A six week test is a fairly good indicator of what your status will be, there for 9 weeks would be as well.  You tested a HAIR to early in December and there is no need to wait till April if you so choose. Feb 27th or 28th will be about 13 weeks and will give you a conclusive result as to your status.

Hiv can be very hard to transmit.  We are here if you need us.  Dont rely on symptoms to self diagnose, take the test.  If you want to do it at home, Home Access is the only one approved by the FDA.

Good luck.

Edited to add.  The above advice is good if Nov 28th was your most RECENT exposure. 
« Last Edit: February 01, 2007, 05:29:01 PM by ACinKC »
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

Offline RapidRod

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Re: 3 months is too long!!!!
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2007, 05:56:49 PM »
lmnop, unprotected sex as in anal or vaginal?

Offline lmnop

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Re: 3 months is too long!!!!
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2007, 05:58:46 PM »
anal

Offline RapidRod

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Re: 3 months is too long!!!!
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2007, 06:05:00 PM »
By your first WB, your negative. You really took the test to early. Wait out your 13 week and have the WB redone. If it's negative then you are negative and your first test was a false positive. You only have 9 weeks to go. What would you do now that you couldn't wait the 9 weeks? There is nothing you can do. You aren't going to die and they aren't going to start you on medications. You could have prevented this by using a condom.

Offline ACinKC

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Re: 3 months is too long!!!!
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2007, 06:06:00 PM »
Rod.  By my count he only has 4 weeks to go.  Am I missing something?
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

Offline RapidRod

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Re: 3 months is too long!!!!
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2007, 06:06:50 PM »
Your right I left out a month. Thank you sir.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: 3 months is too long!!!!
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2007, 06:28:08 PM »
As AC said, a negative at 6 weeks is more than encouraging. THe average time to seroconversion is 22 days. All but the smallest number that will seroconvert will do so within 4-6 weeks after an exposure to the virus.

Re-test at 13 weeks and my expectation is you will test negative again, especially given that it was a single possible exposure.

You do need to learn from this experience. Unprotected anal is right at the top of the risk list. Whether you are the receptive or insertive partner this is high level risk we're talking about. Anytime you have unprotected intercourse you are putting your life at risk. It's as stark and as simple as that.

You can have all the sex you want with as many partners. Just do it the safer way and make sure the insertive partner is wearing a condom everytime.

I note you feel waiting 13 weeks is a long time. Living with HIV is even longer. So learn from this experience. Keep those condoms handy and use them everytime!

Good luck with your test result.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2007, 06:30:03 PM by Andy Velez »
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