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Author Topic: Worried and Scared-Need guidance  (Read 991 times)

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Worried and Scared-Need guidance
« on: April 13, 2014, 08:18:36 PM »
On December 28th-29 2013, I had a possible exposure to HIV. The guy said he was clean, but of course who knows? I know I should have known better but it is what it is. And I hate that I have to face this situation with that attitude but to be honest it's the only thing that gets be through the day.
I am a female and the I had oral sex, he was receiving. And vaginal sex without a condom. So you can say the risk was high. Immediately, I began to feel nervous! ugh! Two weeks later, on January 14th, I went to have a blood test and culture for STIs. All negative. Then again, on January 30, I had a rapid HIV test done at the local Department of Health, and it was negative.
My last rapid HIV test was on March 11th, 2014 (exactly 10 weeks and 2 days mark) and it was negative once again.
Tomorrow, will be 15 weeks and I am going for a blood std screen again. Because i still have swollen lymph nodes, specifically one behind my ear that bothers sometimes. I also have a sore throat and grey tongue that the ENT doctor confirmed as bacteria on my tonsils but 3 rounds of antibiotics didn't help. The sore throat has been going on since December 29TH. Headaches that come and go are also included in this.
 I feel terrible for my decision. Everyone keeps saying I'll be fine, including the doctor before my first screening for STI's which was my gyno.
I'm hoping my negative won't change. So, I'm just looking for feedback as to if it might change. What is the accuracy of a 10 week negative HIV rapid test? I read everywhere and its different. I also look at dates and some are from 7 years ago.  :o
Your help and guidance is greatly appreciated.

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Worried and Scared-Need guidance
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2014, 08:29:44 PM »
The average time to seroconversion is 22 days. Most who are infected will test positive by 6 weeks. For various reasons a small number will take longer and that is why we follow the CDC recommendation to test at 3 months for a conclusive negative result.

Its would be highly unlikely for your 10 week test to come back positive so you can expect a negative result when you test again for your conclusive result .
We don't discuss symptoms because they are not specific to HIV and the only way to know is to test ... and you did test and because it was negative its pretty safe to say what's going has nothing to do with HIV so go see your doctor and find out what's making you feel sick .

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

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 STIs 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!

When you refer to HIV negative people as clean it infers those of us that are living with HIV are dirty ... and its offensive . I understand you meant no offense but now you know .
« Last Edit: April 13, 2014, 08:37:28 PM by Jeff G »
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