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Author Topic: "Second window" testing period??  (Read 2395 times)

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Offline hopingtobefound

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"Second window" testing period??
« on: March 04, 2015, 08:51:44 pm »
Hello all! I'm a female and was raped over 2 months ago by a male who i thought was my friend. His status is unknown. Exactly one week later i got a fever that lasted only a few hours. Almost a month later i got other symptoms such as swollen glands and fatigue. That went on for almost a month and is still current but more mild. I realize you guys don't discuss symptoms i just figured i'd inform you since they're the main reason why i'm so upset right now. At 6.5 weeks after exposure i tested with the antigen/antibody test and it came back negative. I started to feel comforted but as i read more online i discovered there was a window period. I realize i have to test again at 3 months but these past few weeks of waiting have been absolute anxiety and depression hell. I don't really know what i'm looking for right now. Advice, any words on my situation, what my odds are, any words of support. I'll take any and all.

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Re: am i just stuck here in testing limbo hell??
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2015, 09:07:52 pm »
A negative 6 week test is not going to change at 12 weeks, however you still need to test at 12 weeks, just to confirm your results.  You should be confident that your 12 week result will also be negative.

Joe

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Re: am i just stuck here in testing limbo hell??
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2015, 09:13:32 pm »
I appreciate the info Joe. And although i've been really sick, i'm hoping that's exactly what will happen at my 3 month mark.

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Re: am i just stuck here in testing limbo hell??
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2015, 09:28:29 pm »
The reason we do not discuss symptoms is that they can be caused by many things.  If you had a risk, your 6 week test would likely have not been negative.  I have yet to see a 6 week test change at the 12 week mark and you should be confident that your result will be negative.

Joe

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"Second window" testing period??
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2015, 03:38:12 pm »
With the antigen/antibody tests, is the "second window period" true or false? If it is true, i feel my test was taken right within that time period (6.5 weeks after exposure) which makes my wait to test at the 3 month mark even more awful. Especially since i have symptoms i've never had in my life before as well.

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Re: "Second window" testing period??
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2015, 03:53:23 pm »
Testing guidelines are to test at 6 weeks and then at 12 weeks to confirm the results.  You already have a negative result at 6 weeks, which is unlikely to change at the 12 week confirmation test.

Joe

 


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