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Offline lavarche

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Interesting situation
« on: April 07, 2017, 03:02:01 PM »
Hello everyone,
I would like to ask about my situation. I had a risky situation 3 months ago(anal sex with a guy). I was tested in a laboratory in my country. They said that HIV DUO test and plus a PCR test together can be conclusive on the 14th day and I was tested. But it sounded so early to me.I searched a lot and there are lots of different informations about that. Then I took home the test kit Autotest Sante in the 91st day.It works with blood sample. And I also saw that this test is proposed by the German Aids-Hilfe. My question is, can I say the results are conclusive or should I do other tests in the future? By the way, I did not endanger myself in 3 months after this action.
Best Regards

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Re: Interesting situation
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2017, 03:26:30 PM »
The general guidelines for testing for HIV antibodies is six weeks after potential exposure then at 13 weeks past potential exposure for confirmation of the six week results.  Your Autotest Sante was taken 91 days past your potential exposure, so, presuming that test is a viable "home test kit" and that you tested according to the instructions, your could consider that test "conclusive."

If you need further guidance, consult with your healthcare provider.
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Offline lavarche

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Re: Interesting situation
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2017, 08:29:40 PM »
Sorry for my bad english and thank you so much for help and the quick answer.
:)

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Re: Interesting situation
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2017, 10:30:29 PM »
You're welcome.

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Offline lavarche

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Re: Interesting situation
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 05:19:09 AM »
Hello,
I would like to ask a question about hiv tests. It sounds like a weird or nonsense question but i am asking for peace of my mind. Today I used a home hiv test.It works with blood sample.  I applied it 90th day and the result was negative. This test includes a buffer cap and a pipe that takes blood sample.I took blood sample from my hand via pipe and stuck it to buffer cap. My test run successfully.In some articles i read that the hiv rapid or homw tests includes hiv antigens inside and the buffer take my blood to this antigens.If there are antibodies in my blood they stick to those antigens. After I applied the test my result was negative. But then I wondered the system of the test and opened the buffer cap and the buffer liquid mixed with my blood dropped and contacted to injury over my hand. I am afraid if antigens for hiv inside the test contacted to my hand and make me infected.

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Re: Interesting situation
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 07:04:52 AM »
 ::)

Oh man no,... No.

Even if HIV was present in the test kit it would not infect you, and its not!
This is a myth and is purely on the web because people simply misunderstand the science or twist it to feed peoples paranoia. 

If you read this myth than stop reading this stuff, if you read how the test works and came up with on you own with this irrational "concern" than stop overthinking things.

How to explain this, as we grow, we develop millions of different antibodies. This makes up our acquired immune system. Its like a huge reference cells or reserves for our system that generally is dormant until they are needed. The specific antibodies are triggered by our systems when antigens (protein) attached to the virus are detected. If you like you can pretend that every antibody fits a very specific antigen.   

How the test works:

Most HIV tests are based on the interaction between the antigen and antibody so  on the surface of HIV there are lots of proteins which act as antigens.

One of the most common in early infection is called protein 24 (p24)  As explained the antigens are parts of the virus that tell (trigger) your body that it's being attacked and activate or result in the antibodies being called in/released by your system. (That is a bit crude but to keep it short & simple)

The HIV p24 antigens are manufactured in the test you have and what happens is the test looks for HIV antibodies and the reaction between them for antigen reaction. It is not a viable copy of HIV and does not cause an infection to you. 

Now often the tests will have a stick with a control and the antigens for HIV are fixed on one particular strip along the rapid test stick. Towards the end of the testing stick are control antigens to show that the test worked.

The chemical, called a buffer, is simple to facilitate the testing process and does not contain HIV.  The chemical causes the antibodies in the blood to flow along the test stick. When they pass over the section with the antigens, if there are any antibodies for HIV present then they will stick to these antigens and cause a line or change colour depending on the test.

In short - You don't get HIV or had any risk whatsoever from the test!

Take it easy and stop overthinking this as you are not doing yourself any good and I mean you well but you need to move on with your life.

Jim
« Last Edit: April 21, 2017, 08:48:53 AM by JimDublin »
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