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Author Topic: Beyond Anxious. Please Help!!  (Read 847 times)

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Beyond Anxious. Please Help!!
« on: January 25, 2019, 11:25:05 pm »
Hello this is my first time every writing in this forum. Please help me with some questions I had a bout testing. So I was talking to this guy for months and we decided to finally engage in sexual activity. Well that night (oct 13) I performed oral and unfortunately very brief unprotected anal sex. The anal sex included him inserting me and then thrusting a little bit, but that was uncomfortable so I got off immediately. It was very brief, but the fact that it was unprotected is the issue. Later that month we stopped talking and I decided to make sure that I was okay. I texted him asking about his status and he claimed that he was negative and that he wouldn稚 lie about something so serious. Nonetheless I decided to get test. I was tested for HIV on the following dates
5 weeks (35 days)- 4th gen Test negative
8 weeks (55 days) 4th gen test negative
9 weeks (61 days)- Insti Rapid Hiv Test and other stds negative
12 weeks (82 days)- 4th gen Test negative
13 weeks (90 days)- Insti Rapid Hiv Test negative
15 weeks (102 days) - Insti Rapid HIv Test negative
All my tests came back negative consistently, but I知 still scared that I may have contracted the virus. Also when I tested at 13 weeks the person I was with tested for hiv and came out negative and sent me the results. I知 so scared that maybe he didn稚 have detectable antibodies or maybe that he made someone else take the test for him. I致e been a complete wreck and I知 so scared!! Please help. Also the STD nurse who sees cases all the time said that because it was my first time ever, it was brief and I was negative past three months that my test is conclsuive. But another nurse a couple of days ago when I took my sister to get tested said six months was conclusive. I知 beyond freaking out!!!!

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Re: Beyond Anxious. Please Help!!
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2019, 11:39:37 pm »
Hiya

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I texted him asking about his status and he claimed that he was negative and that he wouldn稚 lie about something so serious. Nonetheless I decided to get test

Indeed, his claims or test results are irreverent, he could test today and all it would mean if negative is he was negative 3 months ago. So the only test result that ever matters is your own and its conclusively negative.

Relax and put this behind you.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of HIV prevention for the future.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as safe in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for far to acquire STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Beyond Anxious. Please Help!!
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2019, 11:44:57 pm »
Thank you so much for reassuring me!! I hate the feeling of being anxious. Questions though why do some people still say 6 months for a conclusive report??

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Re: Beyond Anxious. Please Help!!
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2019, 11:56:15 pm »
Well 6 months is about 25 years out of date.  In fact 6 weeks will rarely ever change for blood drawn tests and 3 months is just being overly careful to rule out any outliers.

Quick Question:

Are you a (long term) IV drug user?
Are you on chemotherapy/radiation therapy?
Are you taking HIV medication?

No? Than relax and move on with your life.

Jim

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Re: Beyond Anxious. Please Help!!
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2019, 10:11:08 pm »
Hello I wanted to check in and ask some questions. I知 worried that when I tested at 15 weeks with a rapid test that the lancet was contaminated. Would the counselor administrating the test mess with the test. I知 afraid I was infected. Please help me. Also I was negative at 15 weeks, but I知 scared I may not have enough antibodies. I live in the US by the way

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Re: Beyond Anxious. Please Help!!
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2019, 12:01:02 am »
Hi

Sorry to hear this fear continues, however there is nothing to be fearful about.

 
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I知 worried that when I tested at 15 weeks with a rapid test that the lancet was contaminated. Would the counselor administrating the test mess with the test. I知 afraid I was infected.

Why would they mess with the test or contaminate it?

Anyhow HIV is far to fragile to remain infectious in the small blood sample on a lancet/pin or tip of a sharp object like a needle etc as once it is exposed outside the human body to the environment, small changes in temperature, pH / moisture levels damage the outer receptors that the virus uses to infect human cells and thus renders it unable to infect.

So in short you don't get HIV from HIV testing

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Also I was negative at 15 weeks, but I知 scared I may not have enough antibodies.

Look, you have conclusively multiple times tested negative post the October encounter and have none of the conditions that very rarely cause delay, so your  fears are not facts.

Relax and put this behind you and if you can't I would than recommend talking to a therapist to help you learn to cope with your fears

Jim
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