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Offline mynameiswilly

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2 years past possible exposure + Oraquick Oral Swab results
« on: September 14, 2021, 02:33:57 pm »
Good afternoon!

Thank you for providing this space for people to ask questions and seek clarification regarding test results. It’s truly helpful.

I am a gay male. I don’t have many sexual encounters. However, over the last couple of years, I’ve had a few (albeit, the majority of encounters are oral sex. If it goes further, I am typically the insertive partner and always use condoms. On the two times I’ve bottomed, I’ve ensured the top was using a condom).

Possible exposure: This was over 2 years ago. This was the second time I had met up with this guy. The first time was primarily oral and I topped (with a condom). The second time was like the first, however, near the end (and after a break where we just hung out), we ran out of condoms. He told me he was okay with me not using a condom, so I “dipped” for a maybe 10 seconds (if it was even that long). I got uncomfortable, pulled out, finished with mutual masturbation. That was the last time I met up with this guy. About 2-3 months after this, I took an Oraquick At-Home oral swab test, which came back negative.

After this, the sexual encounters I had ALWAYS had a condom. Since then, I’ve maybe had 1-2 mouth ulcers, have not had any sort sickness whatsoever, and have remained generally healthy. About 2 months ago from today (Sept. 14, 2021), I had a slight panic where I read that a flakey scalp is common amongst those with HIV (granted, I’ve suffered with psoriasis my entire life on my scalp - and I have a genetic history of psoriasis as well - and this was probably internalized homophobia that made me jump to “Obviously its HIV”). Due to this panic, I took another Oraquick oral swab test in my car on my lunch break (I did not eat or drink before). This also came back as negative.

Since then, I have not put much thought into it until a close family member suddenly passed this past week (unrelated to HIV). This has kickstarted a pretty rough bout of health anxiety and I suppose I am asking if my Oraquick test results were conclusive? I conducted the test well after the window period and had 1 prior encounter before taking the test that was oral only.

Thank you! I sincerely appreciate the help with quelling my anxiety.

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Re: 2 years past possible exposure + Oraquick Oral Swab results
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2021, 02:59:16 pm »
Hiya,

You did not acquire HIV 2 years ago.

As for your oral encounters, receiving oral is no HIV risk and giving a blowjob would be such a minute HIV risk we don't recommend testing outside of standard yearly screening. 

Keep using condoms for any intercourse and (start) testing out of routine at least yearly for HIV and far easier to acquire STI's.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: 2 years past possible exposure + Oraquick Oral Swab results
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2021, 03:15:24 pm »
Thank you so much! Just so I can have better understanding, is the Oraquick At-Home oral test very accurate and conclusive this far out? I am aware that the window period is ~3 months, but I also see that infamous “shows a false negative 8% of the time” or something and I’ve yet to truly understand specificity vs sensitivity.

After the window period, the Oraquick oral swab is accurate?

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Re: 2 years past possible exposure + Oraquick Oral Swab results
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2021, 03:35:43 pm »
Relax, when used correctly and outside of the window period it's accurate.

Do start getting screened at least yearly for STI's & HIV. I presume you have not been tested for STI's and untreated some of them can cause major health issues including death.

Also, consider also talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP.
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