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Offline cjsmom

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« on: January 20, 2012, 08:40:36 AM »
Im a 25yr old female. My exposure was on 3/4/11. My boyfriend penetrated me while changing a condom for only a few seconds. 3/15 I had a stomach bug, non stop vomitng and diarrhea with a temperature of 100.3 for 24 hours. I realized a risk is a risk and I asked my boyfriend to get tested. He was negative 3/16/11. I had a negative western blot at 32 days after and it was negative no bands detected. Im not sure why my dr ordered that. I didnt have a positive elisa. I had and STILL have symptoms like swollen lymph nodes ( neck, axillary, near elbow etc) I began to have hair loss in 6/11, I had a swollen parotid gland..etc. My boyfriend had another test on 4/27/11. He thought I was crazy and he assured me he never put himself at risk in the past. I excepted that he was negative and moved on. We recently broke up and because I still have the same symptoms I make myself sick worrying about, maybe he lied about ever getting tested. I know I wasn't conclusively negative, and plan on getting tested again..I just wanted some opinions on the situation and possibility of being infected. The stomach bug I had 11 days after sound like ARS? I've read that a WB usually will be indeterminate a few weeks after infection. Is this true? Thanks :)

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Opinion
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2012, 08:48:38 AM »
Western Blot tests are confirmative tests and you did not have a positive test to confirm.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Opinion
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2012, 10:01:14 AM »
Neither the presence nor the absence of symptoms will ever give you a reliable means of knowing your HIV status. There is nothing HIV-specific about anything you are reporting.

An Elisa taken at 3 months after the most recent unprotected intercourse is the way to go for a conclusive result.

Further, you should be using condoms every time for vaginal and anal intercourse
until if and when you are in a securely monogamous relationship in which both partners reliably test negative together. No exceptions.
Andy Velez


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