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« on: September 30, 2020, 07:20:17 am »
I'm a female who had unprotected vaginal sex with a male of unknown status, whom I had never been with before. I won't go into symptoms, I see that's a no-no here lol!! I have taken oraquick tests at 9 and 10 weeks, which is right now, which are both negative. Obviously I'm a hypochondriac who is concerned about the false negatives that oraquick can produce. How accurate could the test be? I also have an autoimmune disease (Crohn's) and take Humira, an immunosuppressant, weekly. Can this cause a delay in positive results? Thank you folks for your time and for helping us with all of our questions.

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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2020, 07:34:53 am »
Hiya,

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I'm a female who had unprotected vaginal sex with a male of unknown status, whom I had never been with before.

Understand you had condomless intercourse, it's a risk. How well you knew him isn't relevant, neither would be claimed HIV status or his test results if he had had them.

About HIV testing the Adalimumab you take and Crohn's would not change the results. Any non-reactive result is a good thing, however, if you are testing with rapid OTC tests then wait and test at 3 months post last possible exposure as results before that are unreliable.

Here's what you need to know 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.

Kind regards

Jim

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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2020, 06:31:17 pm »
thanks Jim. I did go have the rapid HIV blood test today at 10 weeks and it is negative. I understand that antibody tests tend to need the 3 month rule. I'm going to take comfort in this result for where I'm at in the window period.

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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2020, 09:07:09 pm »
You're welcome.

Just retest in a few weeks, best Jim.
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2020, 10:14:09 am »
Jim,

At 11 weeks, I had the Alere Ab/Ag combo finger prick 4th gen rapid test today with a negative. Are those tests fairly accurate? Will my negative be likely to change? I'm still waiting for a blood draw appointment.

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2020, 01:01:52 pm »
Hiya,

Any approved test is accurate when used correctly. At 11 weeks I would not expect the non-reactive result from this test to change should you retest in 2 weeks time for a conclusive result. 

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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2020, 02:02:15 pm »
I'm just so nervous....I feel like I should get a blood draw just to be sure...?

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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2020, 03:04:07 pm »
Is the 4th gen rapid as accurate at this point as the blood draw? It was done in a hospital setting, so I'm comfortable with who administered the test. I told him I was only 11 weeks post incident and he said that it would have picked up on it.

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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2020, 03:06:25 pm »
Hiya,

The result you have with the test taken is already unlikely to change. If you took a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test the result equally at this stage would rarely ever change .

If you wish for peace of mind you can retest for a definite result at 3 months post last possible exposure.
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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2020, 04:26:09 pm »
Since I'm a hypochondriac, I called the hospital and asked that they do the blood test along with the rest of the panel I had done. They said they can. So here's to waiting.  :-\

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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2020, 05:02:26 pm »
Look, you are causing problems for yourself that you don't have.

Simply test in 2 weeks time for peace of mind if you must and, move on with your life. The result you have realistically isn't going to change unless you have had other exposures.
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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2020, 07:21:07 pm »
I read that people with autoimmune disorders need to retest at 6 months, as the 3 months may not be accurate. Is that now dated guidance with the advancement of testing?

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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2020, 10:45:53 pm »
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« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2020, 02:05:52 pm »
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« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2020, 06:43:52 pm »
Hiya,

The result you have realistically isn't going to change unless you have had other exposures. However, if it gives you peace of mind by all means retest at 3 months post-exposure for a definite non-reactive result.

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If you engage in condomless sex with your partner then you are obviously at risk. Often within relationships, condomless sex is based on trust or past test results, however, this does not prevent HIV and any condomless intercourse is accepting the greater risk of acquiring HIV.

If you do choose to engage in condomless intercourse, consider testing more  frequently for HIV and easier to acquire STI's.
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