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Author Topic: High risk and false negs  (Read 2766 times)

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Offline benboy

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High risk and false negs
« on: February 25, 2013, 06:23:01 AM »
Hi there,
I had a high risk exposure last September (unprotected anal, I was receptive). 14 days later, I developed a slight fever, was tired, sore muscles, little appetite and felt like this for 7-10 days. About 2 weeks later, I had a small rash on both elbows. I was extremely stressed throughout this time as I was sure I must be seroconverting.
I waited till 60 days after the exposure to test. I have tested using oraquick oral swabs every two weeks since (from2 months till 5 months after exposure).
The tests were all negative.
I took my first blood test at the clinic yesterday and the rapid test was 'not ok' as the nurse said. It is therefore sent for further testing.
I am very scared as you can imagine. Is it possible I could  have had 10 false negative results from the oraquick test? Surely I was have had antibodies if I really had been seroconverting 2 weeks after the exposure.
I am grateful for any advice.

Offline RapidRod

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Re: High risk and false negs
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2013, 06:54:21 AM »
The only way that you are positive is that you had another exposure if not you had a false positive which if you did would be sent in to confirm.

Offline benboy

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Re: High risk and false negs
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2013, 07:09:18 AM »
Thank you very much for your reply. Just worried that the blood test is proving more reliable than the oral swabs.

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Re: High risk and false negs
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2013, 09:17:14 AM »
I agree with Rod. You have amply and reliably tested negative for HIV. You ARE HIV negative. Period.

You can avoid this kind of very risky incident in the future by always making sure condoms are used everytime for anal intercourse. No exceptions. Have all the sex you want to with whomever you want to. But do it the safer way. That means always making sure the insertive partner is wearing a condom for anal intercourse. No exceptions.

Remember, the pleasure of unprotected anal is fleeting, but HIV is forever.
Andy Velez

Offline benboy

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Re: High risk and false negs
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2013, 09:51:17 AM »
Thanks and yes, your advice re using condoms is very correct. Having sex without is stupid. My mistake. But one and only is all I can say. The anxiety and stress of the waiting, together with the possibility of a positive result, is not worth the fleeting fun by any means.

Online Andy Velez

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Re: High risk and false negs
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2013, 04:25:10 PM »
OK. Good luck with your test.

Andy Velez


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