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Testing while ARS
« on: January 03, 2014, 10:58:33 PM »

Would appreciate your opinion.

Situation: had protected sex 2 weeks ago, condoms did not break (to my knowledge), so I was fairly calm that all is ok. After one week developed cough (semi wet), on day 11 and 12 had high fever and night sweats. Also nasal congestion and small headache. I know the risk seems very low, however the symptoms scared me off and I started thinking it might be ARS. So on day 13 did HIV DUO which came back negative.

1) Should the symptoms indeed were ARS, would test on day 13 pick p24 (more likely) or maybe even antibodies?
2) I read that p24 starts showing up since day 10, so what is the significance of negative DUO test at 2 weeks mark? I found info that given its sensitivity, it would give 70-80% reassurance on negative result. Is it correct? (I do understand the need to retest at 4 weeks)

Thank you!

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Re: Testing while ARS
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2014, 11:03:48 PM »
You did not have a risk and you did not need to test .

 ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED HIV TESTING AT THIS TIME for this incident , anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than HIV. Some of the other STDs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid HIV infection. It really is that simple!
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Re: Testing while ARS
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014, 03:46:41 PM »
Jeff, appreciate your response and understand the the risk is minimal in my case.

To the extent possible though, I'd still appreciate your opinion to my questions - even just for theoretical purposes and it could turn out that other are interested in that as well.

Thank you in advance

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Re: Testing while ARS
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2014, 04:04:24 PM »

"1) Should the symptoms indeed were ARS, would test on day 13 pick p24 (more likely) or maybe even antibodies?"

Maybe, and maybe not - if you actually have a risk, which you didn't.

You didn't have a risk for hiv, so you're not going to develop antibodies or the p24 antigen.

"2) I read that p24 starts showing up since day 10, so what is the significance of negative DUO test at 2 weeks mark? I found info that given its sensitivity, it would give 70-80% reassurance on negative result. Is it correct? (I do understand the need to retest at 4 weeks)"

In your case, it is significant - it means you don't have hiv - you're not going to develop antibodies or the p24 antigen of a virus for which you were not at risk.

If you actually did have an hiv risk (YOU DID NOT HAVE A RISK), the earliest you should test is at six weeks, not four. You can test at any time for a conclusive result following this NO RISK event.

If you feel unwell, see a doctor. Whatever is going on has nothing to do with hiv.

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