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Am I Infected? / Re: Unclear positive
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 10:35:56 AM »
He also said a possible reason for a false positive was that I might have been in touch with the virus and had neutralize it, and therefore some antibodies were present.

This part is just nonsense.

Anyhow look a reactive result means nothing more than that, reactive.
False reactive results happen all the time, and we see it here plenty, now I understand its stressful but the tests are sensitive by design and sometimes antibodies in reaction to other infections or post infections can stick to the solution on the dipstick causing false reactive.

If used correctly all they do post the window period is confirm a negative status and any reactive result is not a diagnosis it just means more accurate testing is needed to confirmed your status.

The followup testing protocol will confirm your status and again don't stress because we do see false reactive results here. Testing should begin with a combination immunoassay that detects HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies and HIV-1 p24 antigen. commonly called a 4th gen test, all specimens reactive on this initial assay undergo supplemental testing with an immunoassay that differentiates HIV-1 from HIV-2 antibodies. Specimens that are reactive on the initial immunoassay and nonreactive or indeterminate on the antibody differentiation assay would then be tested with HIV-1 nucleic acid testing to determine the presence of HIV infection.

Look take care when retesting but keep in mind no need to panic, the test you took is designed to be hyper sensitive and false reactive happen all the time. It just means retesting or further testing is needed at the correct time.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.

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.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards


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Am I Infected? / Unclear positive
« Last post by falsopositiveworried on Today at 10:24:44 AM »

I am a gay man with a very active sexual live. I am mostly bottom. I use condoms consistently and during the intercourse I check that the condon is in place, and when finish, I check the condon is not broken when he takes it off. I have unprotected oral sex and I even receive cum in mouth and sometimes I swallow.

This morning I went to a gay community health center to take the usual test (which I do every six months) for hiv and syphilis. They use the usual reactive strips where a drop of blood is put on the strip and you wait for a few minutes.

To my surprise and horror, the guy said that a faint line was showing. I got very nervous and he repeated the test and the same faint line appeared. The guy said he was unsure and sent me immediately to take a Western Blot test. He says those strips are very thin and sensitive and talked about a false positive.

He also said a possible reason for a false positive was that I might have been in touch with the virus and had neutralize it, and therefore some antibodies were present.

I am in panic right now and have to wait til Thursday for the final result. I am beginning to convince myself that I am positive and how that is gonna change my life. Besides, a few weeks ago a had a skin rush and fever one night. The rush disappeared after a couple of days. That reassures me it has something to do with hiv.

I know false positives (or false reactives, as you call it) exist, but they are very very rare, so I don't think I'll be lucky to be one of them. I am feeling a lot of rage because I always have condoms with me and use them consistently.

Can you tell me about your experience with false positives?

Sorry for my English, it's not my mother tongue.


Off Topic Forum / Re: Interview the Person Below You
« Last post by Wade on Today at 08:39:35 AM »

A.  My Uncle Pete lived in an old trailer near the shore. He would come pick me up when school let out starting when I was about nine.
Summers seemed much longer then, and it was such fun going the the beach the first morning and seeing the same summer kids...bunch of what-not hooligans  :)

Then I turned 15 and went to work... :o

Q.  Same question
Living With HIV / Re: Ignorant doctors
« Last post by Wade on Today at 08:19:30 AM »
I would look for another doctor if it is possible where you live, I know easier said than done in some places. I have also learned through the years you have to be an advocate for yourself and the more educated you are the better off you'll be.

You wouldn't believe the crap that would come out of some doctors mouths 25 years ago.

Sometimes you can fight better for you than anyone else.


Estoy infectado? / Re: Consulta, tengo dudas
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 07:46:59 AM »
Es carente de pertinencia. 

Y ahora despues de mi avisos que estas sin riesgo tu acceso aqui es terminado por 45 dias.

Adelante con tu vida.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Consulta, tengo dudas
« Last post by sebassuarez17 on Today at 07:25:25 AM »
Andy. Cómo estás?.
Una última pregunta que me olvidé de comentar. A mi hace años me diagnosticaron Citomegalovirus. En el caso de que hubiese existido una reactivación de ese virus podría demorar la generación de anticuerpos y en ese caso me recomendarías probar a 6 meses?. Se que en algunos casos como uso de droga o cancer se recomienda pero no sé en el caso del Citomegalovirus. Gracias Andy y disculpas, se me generó esa duda y quiero saber si me olvido del asunto o qué me recomiendas de acuerdo a lo que acabo de explicarte...
Living With HIV / Re: Ignorant doctors
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 07:06:03 AM »
Yeah I agree. Personally I would switch given this is a basic level info she should know  but I understand that might not be an option for you.

Look over the years I have heard doctors make some really stupid comments, normally I challenge them by showing them facts however depending on how bad it was I have been known to switch doctors. What I am trying to do more nowadays, is to keep in mind doctors are people and people do make mistakes.

Living With HIV / Re: Ignorant doctors
« Last post by bocker3 on Today at 06:49:53 AM »
Personally, I would switch doctors.  If you don't have other options in your area, I would go into my next appointment and ask why she thinks that an ANTIRETROVIRAL med would be doing anything beyond stopping a virus. 
Perhaps she is just trying to "simplify" things for you......  ::)  Show her that you want facts -- bring an article that talks about ARV's.

Good Luck
Living With HIV / Ignorant doctors
« Last post by nemra on Today at 06:42:26 AM »
Among other brilliant nonsense, my HIV doctor claims that two of the Atripla components (she didn't say which) aim to reduce the viral load, and the last component is to boost the CD4+ T helper cell count, and that, she says, is the reason for combining several drugs...
If the doctor has no clue about basic information on how HIV meds work, something she could potentially read in the first paragraph of a wiki article on HIV management, how is she in any way an "HIV specialist" and how am I supposed to trust her? I have always told other people to listen to their doctors instead of playing doctors on the internet. Now I am thinking that trusting what my doctor (or any other doctor in that clinic for that matter, talked to several of them too, same story) says is the last thing I want to do. For now, when I have a working regimen with no apparent side effects, I don't need them that much. But when time comes when informed decisions need to be made, I am not sure what I will need to do... Are there any affordable online consultation options?
Living With HIV / Re: How long can I expect to Live?
« Last post by harleymc on Today at 05:21:55 AM »
Well I'm older than my father's age when he kicked it, but his death wasn't from natural causes. and my mum was 28 years older than I am now so, I'll try outliving her.

I've worked hard on cutting my risk factors, I don't smoke, my BMI is 23 and I get regular exercise, there is no reason why I shouldn't outlive my mum.
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