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Author Topic: Can I rest easy??  (Read 2772 times)

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Offline Roy85

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Can I rest easy??
« on: March 22, 2007, 08:28:26 PM »
Hello all,

My name's Roy, I'm from India, I had an unprotected vaginal exposure for a breif moment of 30 seconds with a CSW of unknown status, since I was suffering from severe anxiety, I rung up the local help line here they advised me to go for a real time PCR RNA test for HIV- 1 using taqman probe (quantitative) on the 9 th day after my exposure which apparently turned negative, the viral load was under the risk measure.

I also had a p24 Ag and HIV 1 & 2 Ab (Duo test) at the 28th day after my exposure which also came back negative, I intend to test one last time at the 6 th week and move on with my life.

By having said all that, I wanted to request you guys to help me with

1) How assuring does my both the test results seems to you?

2) I'm suffering from  oral ulcers, Joint pain, Pins and needles and developed a slight swelling on the right side of my neck, confirmed as a muscle swelling by the doctor, I did not experience any high fever in the last one month, do you think it's gotta do some thing with ARS?

3) Have I taken the right decession to get a duo test at the 28th day?

4) Am I following the right protocol, PCR (9th day) - Duo (28 th day) - AB test (6 week).

Please help me with my situation , your comments and suggestions would be much appreciated



Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Can I rest easy??
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2007, 10:14:22 PM »
It's always encouraging to get a negative test result. The average time to seroconversion is 22 days. All but the smallest number of those who are going to seroconvert will do so within 4-6 weeks after an exposure to the HIV virus.

The PCR is a highly sensitive test and can yield an accurate result within 48-72 hours, although it is recommended to do it at 28 days. And even assuming you get the hoped for negative result, the CDC recommends re-testing at 13 weeks to get a final, reliable result. Because of it's high level of sensitivity the PCR can sometimes yield a false positive, but not a false negative.
It also was not designed for diagnostic purposes.

Good luck with your tests.

And learn from this experience. You can have all the sex you want to. Just do it the safer way and always, ALWAYS wear a latex condom everytime you have intercourse. No exceptions.

« Last Edit: March 22, 2007, 10:16:04 PM by Andy Velez »
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