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Typicallyscared:
Hi, I'm new to this site. I'm not sure if I'm posting this properly, I hope so.

I'm pretty scared about a potential exposure and need some input.
I'm a 29 year old male, always been very healthy. No history of drug use or multiple partners. On the 29th of DEC, 42 days ago, I had what I think may have been an exposure. I was very drunk, and ended up in the back room of a bar with a girl, who was equally drunk. I'm 99% sure we had a couple minutes of unprotected vaginal sex. Afterwards she told me that she was a lesbian. I'm not sure if that should make me more, or less concerned.

Anyway, 18 days later I went to my Dr. and tested negative for HIV, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. At 33 days I went back to the Dr. and tested negative for HIV, and Hepatitis. Both HIV test were the Ellissa.

Now, my problem is that I've been having some crazy symptoms and don't understand what the hell is going on with my body. I've had lots of pain in my groin and legs. As well as some regular aches and pains in my lymph nodes.
There's some other symptoms going on as well, but I've read here that symptoms are not a good indicator of HIV infection. So I'm trying to get that anxiety out of my head.

Now around the time of the second test, I figured out that I actually know the girls girlfriend, and have for quite a few years. I emailed the girl that I had the sex with,(not the girlfriend) and her and I talked about the whole incident. She reassured me several times that I should not be concerned about any health issues from her. She said that she gets regular checkups and they always come back normal. She told me that she is healthy as a horse and always has been. She said it was just a stress driven mistake and not something she does. I can't think of a reason she would lie about something like that, Especially when she knows I know her girl.

I guess my questions are, is a 33 day HIV negative at all conclusive? Even with her reassurance? I've read some of the Q&A on this site and it seems like Ann, and the rest of you really know what your talking about. From what I've read, I think this was a low risk exposure to begin with, but I'm no pro. Any input would really be appreciated. I have been stressed out about this since it happened. I still have no explanation for all of the symptoms I'm having. It's got me really freaked out. Thank you guys!

RapidRod:
No, HIV conclusive test is 13 weeks. 33 day test was a waste of money and your time. You had a risk, but you should know it is harder to contract HIV from female to male. Excessive drinking and sex don't mix as you have found out.

Typicallyscared:
I understand conclusive is at 12-13 weeks. But I'm seeing on this site that most people seroconvert at around 26 days. Isn't a 33 day negative at least a good indicator?

RapidRod:
No and the reasoning, is your body has to have time to build up enough antibodies for the test to detect.

Andy Velez:
Scared, all but the smallest number of those who are going to seroconvert will do so within 4-6 weeks after an exposure to the HIV virus. So if you want to test before 13 weeks you can do it at 6 weeks. Assuming you test negative, which I think is likely given it was a single and brief possible exposure, a negative at 6 weeks is a very good indication that you will continue to test negative.

However, you should definitely re-test at 13 weeks to confirm the earlier result.

Having impulsive and unprotected sex while drunk is a big red flag. That's a very dangerous combination. You can have all the sex you want to with partners who are HIV+ or not. Just make sure that everytime you have intercourse you're wearing a condom.

Good luck with your test. The odds are in your favor you'll come out of this ok, but risking your life -- well, you have to decide if you're up for that.

Cheers,

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