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Offline kmo207

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HIV antibody test interference?
« on: April 21, 2020, 09:16:01 pm »
Hi there, I had a risky exposure with a man back in December. He apparently had a scare back in spring so I had him get tested twice.

He went to a clinic and tested negative both times for:
INSTI hiv 1+2
Alere advanced

This is around 8-9 months after his exposure.

The thing is, Iím reading that
-biotin and other supplements interfere with test results (which he takes)
-if youíre vegan (heís been vegan for 10 years) bc your blood is thinner and DOESNT produce as much antibodies compared to meat consumers, which scares me bc the rapid tests are antibody based.

I was also told to take rapid test results with a grain of salt bc false negatives are possible outside the window period.

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Re: HIV antibody test interference?
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2020, 09:17:00 pm »
Forgot to mention,

Iím having symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes, chronic loose bowels, and rash

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Re: HIV antibody test interference?
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2020, 09:21:02 pm »
Hiya,

What was the exposure?
I don't understand, if you had a risk why is he testing?

You should test and a negative result on a rapid test is conclusive at 3 months post-exposure. Nothing you mentioned would make any difference within normal levels of intake.

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 going forward.

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

Kind regards

Jim

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Offline kmo207

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Re: HIV antibody test interference?
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2020, 09:28:52 pm »
We had unprotected PID sex.

Due to current events with corona, Iím not able to test. I would if I could. I asked him to get tested bc he has access to a clinic near him whereas I donít.

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Re: HIV antibody test interference?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2020, 09:37:13 pm »
Hiya,

His claimed results are irrelevant.

Wait until the COVID-19 crisis settles down and then you should go test for STI's including HIV to know your status.

Jim
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