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Need help!
« on: August 03, 2019, 02:45:37 pm »
Wow that was a long wait to get my account activated! I thought it was going to be instant lol. Anyway, I was wondering if someone here can answer my queries. So I got a routine HIV test for the first time, it was a combo Antigen/antibody test. Got it after 3 months, although I have never had unprotected sex. The test was negative. But a few concerns are lingering in my head. Firstly does having anemia affect this particular hiv test? Secondly does having latent or active tuberculosis affect it? I had TB in the past since I lived in an area where it was very common. So will either of these conditions affect the hiv test I had? Many thanks

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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2019, 03:00:56 pm »
I don't get it.

It's a routine test yet on the other hand you mention 3 months ... ?
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Re: Need help!
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2019, 03:06:02 pm »
Sorry if i sound confusing. I got tested for  the first time ever after coming out of a relationship..he cheated on me so I was concerned even though we always used protection. So I just thought I would get a test to put myself at ease. I got it after 3 months from the last time we had sex. I guess that doesn’t make it routine..sorry for using that term.
So does anemia or latent tb have any effect on the test?

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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2019, 03:12:11 pm »
Hiya,

Okay, thanks.

To answer your question it make no difference in terms of the results you have. Now if you used condoms for every sexual active without exception then HIV was never a real risk, just remember to also test for far easier to aquire STI's and going forward out of routine at least yearly for HIV & STI's

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 protection going forward

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other 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

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Re: Need help!
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2019, 03:15:25 pm »
So neither of those conditions would affect the antigen or antibodies or prevent them from forming if I was infected right? I can trust the negative test then?

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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2019, 03:22:12 pm »
Asked & answered already.

3 month result you can trust, do keep practicing safer sex i.e condoms no exceptions and, consider PrEP

Remember to also test at least yearly out of standard routine going forward.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2019, 03:24:25 pm by Jim Allen »
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PEP and PrEP

 


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