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Author Topic: In a crisis  (Read 669 times)

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In a crisis
« on: July 23, 2022, 03:54:35 am »
Hello, I am in a deep despair right now and donít know where to turn to. 4 months ago I made a foolish mistake and had vaginal sex with a guy I didnít know. I was drunk and I donít remember if we used protection and I am not in touch with him anymore either. I did the right thing and took a lab based antigen/antibody test at 4 months. It was negative. Recently however I was taking a thyroid test and the lab asked if I was consuming any biotin supplements as that interferes with some tests especially thyroid. And of course I am taking biotin supplements and my shampoo also contains it. I came home and started searching if the same was true for HIV tests being affected and lo and behold yes they are :( I asked on another forum and they told me only the antigen portion of the test will be affected by a high dose but how high is high? Some websites say more than 1mg and some say more than 5mg, I am taking 2.5mg daily and Iím not even sure if itís being absorbed through my shampoo as well. Since  my test was antigen AND antibody can I be certain the antibody test is accurate? Or is the entire test null and void? And do I have to take a 3rd gen antibody only test?? I canít find any labs that offer this test, I think most have moved on to 4 and 5 generation versions.

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Re: In a crisis
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2022, 03:59:58 am »
Hiya,

This has been fully explained to you on another website where the mod has locked your thread. There is nothing to add or to discuss. You have conclusively tested negative.


Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier acquired STIs. So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless 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: In a crisis
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2022, 04:12:32 am »
I wanted to write here for a second opinion. Do you think if biotin affects the antigen portion, will the antibody portion of the test still work and be valid or is the whole test ruined? Do you think biotin is absorbed through shampoo and body lotion into the bloodstream? And do I need to test again?

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Re: In a crisis
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2022, 04:20:18 am »
You already have had a second opinion, and I've also given you mine. Before commenting here, I read what you posted on the other site.

Move on with your life, use condoms for any intercourse, and test for HIV & STIs yearly out of routine.

Hiya,

This has been fully explained to you on another website where the mod has locked your thread. There is nothing to add or to discuss. You have conclusively tested negative.


Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier acquired STIs. So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless 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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« Last Edit: July 23, 2022, 04:22:40 am by Jim Allen »
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Re: In a crisis
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2022, 04:30:50 am »
Let me be clear, further testing isn't needed unless you have had ongoing exposures.

However, if you can't move on with your life, then, by all means, stop taking the supplements for 48 hours and retest if that helps you to move on.

Consider this topic now closed!

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Re: In a crisis
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2022, 04:47:28 am »
When I did test for HIV I was fasting for about 11 hours. Are you saying 48 hours for a specific reason or would 11 hours have been good enough after taking biotin?

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Re: In a crisis
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2022, 04:51:24 am »
I've explained the test was already conclusive and retesting isn't needed.

However, if it gives you peace of mind then wait 48 hours for the biotin to clear and retest. The result will not change unless you have had ongoing exposures.

The antigen part of the test was irrelevant anyway, particularly as it was 4 months post-exposure and what was and remains important is the antibody part of the test.

If you post again about this topic it's going to result in a ban from these forums.
« Last Edit: July 23, 2022, 04:55:04 am by Jim Allen »
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