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Author Topic: Getting tested after condom failure  (Read 2262 times)

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Offline auspex

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Getting tested after condom failure
« on: April 29, 2012, 08:52:53 AM »
Hi there,

I just came back from the doctor where I got tested and have to wait a couple of days to get the results... I asked the doctor how accurate this tests are since I had performed sex with a prostitute and the condom broke, then I stopped, and this happened just two days ago... I live in Switzerland and the doctor told me that now there are quite advanced techniques to test all the possible infections included HIV, although he also told me that the HIV one is not 100% accurate after just two days, but said that it's around 95%. For the other infections he assured me that when the results comes from the laboratory, if they are negative they are 100% accurate... I keep reading in this forum that you have to wait minimum 6 weeks ... I'm a bit confuse about the accuracy...

could anyone tell me why the doctor told me that for HIV I can get 95% accuracy and for the others STD's I can get 100% after only two days since the exposured ?


could any

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Getting tested after condom failure
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2012, 08:55:03 AM »
3 months post exposure is when you can obtain your conclusive test result.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Getting tested after condom failure
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2012, 09:02:17 AM »
We don't attempt to explain what other sources may say about testing.

The CDC has for some years recommended 3 months as the point at which you can get a conclusive negative result. At that point all generations of tests currently in use will give a reliable result.

You did have a risk, but it was a low level one. The condom protected you until it broke. It was a single and apparently brief incident. And it is significantly harder to transmit HIV from female to male than the other way around.

All of these factors point to the likelihood that you will test negative. You can test initially at 6 weeks post the event. At that point all but the smallest number of those who are going to seroconvert will have done so. So a negative at 6 weeks would be a strong indication that you will again test negative at 3 months for a conclusive result.
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Offline auspex

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Re: Getting tested after condom failure
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2012, 01:05:49 AM »
How about other STDs... The doctor told me that I could get the 100% accurate results after only two days since the exposure. How long do you need to wait to get accurate results for other diseases such as gonorrea, syphilis, clamydia, etc...


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Re: Getting tested after condom failure
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2012, 01:20:38 AM »
Bacterial STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea may show up indeed after 3 days from exposure. For others, such as herpes 1/2, Hepatitis (B and C) and syphilis the window period is approximately 2 weeks (after exposure).

This forum however deals only with HIV related questions.  You will need to see your physician with any questions regarding any other STDs and the applicable tests.
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Offline auspex

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Re: Getting tested after condom failure
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2012, 02:15:48 AM »
What I meant is how long you have to wait so that these STDs show up in tests, not phisically.

Thanks again

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Re: Getting tested after condom failure
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2012, 08:29:33 AM »
As Moon has said to you, our focus here is specifically on HIV, for which there is a 3 months waiting time for a conclusive negative result.

With some other STDs symptoms may show up fairly quickly. But the waiting time for a conclusive negative result is pretty much the same as it is for HIV.
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