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Offline whatif

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I only tested once is that enough???
« on: November 26, 2006, 08:50:48 PM »

Everyone, I am new here so I hope I am doing this right.  Let me know if I am not.    I don't know how to start this.   I had unprotected sex a couple of times eight months before I met my husband.  I got married.   When I got married my husband got tested and was negative.  I got tested and was negative as well.  But soon after we had unprotected sex my husband got sick.  Fever, and pain in the groin area.  Really bad pain for a couple of weeks.  He went to the doctor and they gave him a shot of penicillian.    I am just scared that maybe my test for hiv was wrong.  Maybe, I should have gotten at least one more test after the first one.  Maybe, there was a mistake done at the lab, or there wasn't enough time to show if I was positive.

My husband still get pain every once inawhile there.  Sometime he complains his knee hurts or his stomach.  And my stomach aches thinking maybe its hiv.  Its hard living like this thinking maybe I gave him hiv.  I look at my baby and worry, maybe he has it too.   Especially, today since he has a fever and is crying alot.  I wake up first thing in the morning thinking about it.  And go to sleep thinking about it.  I think maybe the nurse that gave me the results on the phone read them wrong or it was someone elses results she had in her hand. 

I wish I never went on the internet and read all these websites because now I am more scared then ever.  Before I read them I thought my test results were reliable, but now I am not sure. Some say that people should get tested more than once.  Some say one test is enough if you are low risk.  I don't think any type of unprotected sex is low risk.   

I don't want to get tested again, because I was so scared last time I tested.    I always thought the one test was reliable, but now I am not sure. 

Thanks for your help

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: I only tested once is that enough???
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2006, 09:59:25 PM »
As long you tested negative at 13 weeks or more past your previous unprotected incidents then that was a reliable test result. You're HIV negative. Period.

If your husband is having troublesome symptoms he should be discussing them with his doctor.

Given what you have reported, this is not an HIV situation. No further testing is necessary.

Andy Velez

Offline whatif

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Re: I only tested once is that enough???
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2006, 03:46:08 PM »
Thanks Andy

I guess my next step is to see if I have an STD.  I am not sure if I was tested for it during pregnancy or not.  I don't think I was.  If I do test positive for an STD will that change my negative report for HIV?

Thanks for your help again

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Re: I only tested once is that enough???
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2006, 04:40:39 PM »
If I do test positive for an STD will that change my negative report for HIV?


No. As Andy said, as long as your hiv test was three months or more after your last incident of unprotected intercourse, you are reliably hiv negative. The presence of a different STI, or anything else for the matter, won't change that fact.


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Offline whatif

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Re: I only tested once is that enough???
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2006, 09:30:33 PM »
Thanks everyone for your comments.  Still nervous, I am trying to work up my nerve to go get tested for the other STDS out there.  I wish I was tested for those when I got tested for HIV back in August.  Guess I will find out soon enough what it is.  All I know is that they saw bacteria from my husbands prostrate. 

Thanks everyone

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Re: I only tested once is that enough???
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2006, 11:05:19 PM »
Whatever it is, it isn't HIV.

Often fear of HIV comes during big changes in life. A new wedding, baby. I'm not a psychologist, but that's just an observation from reading posts here for 3 years. Try to relax about the HIV, it isn't going to be that. Everything else can be cleared up or is not fatal.

NB. Any advice about HIV is given in addition to your own medical advice and not intended to replace it. You should never make clinical decisions based on what anyone says on the internet but rather check with your ID doctor first. Discussions from the internet are just that - Discussions. They may give you food for thought, but they should not direct you to do anything but fuel discussion.


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