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Author Topic: Faint test line on Rapid Blood Test post-Traumatising Incident  (Read 164 times)

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Hi, I am a bisexual and had receptive anal sex with a few partners (with condoms and they're all tested HIV negative) for a while prior to August 2019.

In August 2019 I attended a party in which I was drugged by another man (which I am not certain of his HIV status) and he forced himself on me against my will. I was conscious during the rape and was really helpless and couldn't fight back as I couldn't move. I suffered depression after and felt so humiliated that I couldn't confide in anyone after the incident.

It was then a week ago in May 2020 (I did not have sex since August 2019 because of the trauma), I finally have the courage to open up to my best friends and they encouraged me to go to a local sexual health clinic for a test.

The clinic used the Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab test (finger prick) - in the results the test line appeared to be faint and the doctor described the result that the test line looks like it is “reluctant” to show up and he later referred me to a Western Blot test.

I wonder, if the faint line mean anything? Could it be a false positive?

A month after the incident my brother was struck with an influenza-like viral fever that lasts for 7-8 days and it spreads throughout the family and post-fever I had a sore throat (the one with ulcers in the throat) that I have never have before.

I am very anxious and worried ahead of the WB test result and I couldn't stop blaming myself for what happened.

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Re: Faint test line on Rapid Blood Test post-Traumatising Incident
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 05:45:07 am »
Hiya,

Firstly, I'm sorry to hear about the assault and the pain it's causing you but glad to hear you have supportive friends. This was not your fault and, you have nothing to be ashamed about.

I would also urge you to also talk to your healthcare provider about the assault as they should be able to provide you with details on any additional support services.
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Re: Faint test line on Rapid Blood Test post-Traumatising Incident
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 05:45:24 am »
Regarding your HIV results, it's a reactive result.

The thing to keep in mind is this is not a diagnosis, the screening tests are sensitive although not very specific meaning false reactive results on screening tests happen plenty.

I understand the Doctor has already ordered a WB test so all I can encourage is to remain calm and wait for the results.

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Hi Jim,

Thank you so much for your response and I appreciate and thank you again for your acknowledgement and advice.

In all honesty, I am really afraid and scared. As in, what are the odds/chances that I would be tested positive on the WB test? (I am pretty sure he did not ejaculate in me though I wouldn't deny that there will be pre-seminal fluid). I read across the Net that the finger prick Alere Determine is by far the most accurate rapid test.

About the faint line, is it true that the intensity of the line is dependent on the HIV antibody/antigen count in the body? If it's true, shouldn't it be a darker colour line considering the high risk happened in August 2019 and by now the antibody count should be high?

Oh and another, apart from the worst sore throat ever that took place a month after the incident - I did not observe/experience any discomforting symptoms tallying to the ones of HIV (except for some rashes but I have rashes that runs in the family and it started since young).

Many thanks in advance for your response and apologies if my questions sounded absurd. I'll update here when I receive my WB result.
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You're welcome.

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As in, what are the odds/chances that I would be tested positive on the WB test?

There really isn't a way to really give you any realistic odds.

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About the faint line, is it true that the intensity of the line is dependent on the HIV antibody/antigen count in the body? If it's true, shouldn't it be a darker colour line considering the high risk happened in August 2019 and by now the antibody count should be high?

If the end result is positive and that remains to be seen, the antigen count would have dropped off already to below detectable levels if the event in August was the exposure and a lighter antibodies line on screening kits can happen for a number of reasons and isn't an indication of higher or lower levels.

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In all honesty, I am really afraid and scared. As in, what are the odds/chances that I would be tested positive on the WB test? (I am pretty sure he did not ejaculate in me though I wouldn't deny that there certainly will be pre-seminal fluid). I read across the Net that the finger prick Alere Determine is by far the most accurate rapid test.

Yeah, I can appreciate this is a lot to digest when you already have plenty on your plate.

However, let's not get ahead, right now you should be presuming the result will be negative and the follow-up testing is simply just to confirm. Also, if the end result is positive it's certainly not something you will have to deal with alone.  ;)
 
All the approved HIV antibodies finger-prick tests have just about the same high sensitivity. Like I said false reactive results happen, so far it's just a reactive test to something in your blood and cross-reaction to other antibodies or substance etc happens, hence the more specific follow-up testing.

Soon you will have the result and the wait will be over, in the meantime try as much as you can not to focus on this.

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