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concernedguy92 posted:
Alright, so here's the deal. January 18th of this year (2013) I had unprotected sex. I am a gay male, and I'm a bottom so when he ejaculated, it was inside of me. The person I had sex with was someone I used to have sex with back when I was a sophomore in high school (2008-2009) so it's been a good 4 years since we've messed around. Of course I've been tested since high school so when we were having sex back then he obviously didn't have anything but since its been 4 years since then you never know what could happen. He says he has no STD's or HIV. I don't doubt him but unprotected sex scares me and that encounter was really just a spur of the moment thing. It also makes me feel bad because he's married. But he says the only person he sleeps with is his wife (aside from me) & any other sexual encounter is strictly oral (him receiving blow jobs). So it makes me wonder if he's telling the truth or just lying.

So, on March 4th I took a Oraquick in home HIV test which was 6 weeks 3 days post exposure. It says I'm negative. Is 6 weeks a good indicator of my status? I do plan to test again on the 3 month mark (April 18th) just to know for sure. But is my 6 week 3 day result a good indicator? I'm just terrified that I can have a negative result now then at the full 12 weeks/3 month mark come out positive.

Thanks for any advice!
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georgiagail responded:
The six week test is an excellent indication of your negative status and there is no reason to assume the 12 week follow up test will be any different.

The statistics we use is that a 4 week test is considered to be 95 percent accurate; that is, 95 percent of newly infected folks will have enough antibodies present at 4 weeks to show up with current tests. By 12 weeks this increases to 99.9 percent (the incredibly small percentage who may need to continue testing out to six months are those whose immune systems have been damaged by other serious medical issues such as organ transplants).

A six week test falls somewhere in the middle of both of these....between 95 and 99.9 percent.

Quite honestly, I've never known someone to test negative at 6 weeks (or even 4 weeks) and positive at 12.

Gail
 
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concernedguy92 replied to georgiagail's response:
Thank you,Gail!
I feel much less worried now. Like I said I do plan to test again at the 12 week/3 month mark on or around April 18th. So there's for sure no reason why it would change by then?
I don't know whether to go get a blood test or use another Oraquick. I think I'll get both, because the blood test at my clinic tests for not only HIV, but the other STD's as well.

Thanks so much!
 
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concernedguy92 responded:
Gail, I know this will be silly of me but my anxiety has been killing me lol. I'm going to go get another Oraquick test from Walgreens tonight. Today (3/29/13) marks exactly 10 weeks since my encounter. If I test negative this time, is it safe to say I'm 100% HIV negative since I tested negative at 6 weeks as well?
 
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georgiagail replied to concernedguy92's response:
Yep. Statistically there would be no difference in a test result done at 10 weeks and one done at 12.

Gail
 
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concernedguy92 replied to georgiagail's response:
Thank you Gail. Just finished taking the test. 22 minutes later and my result is NEGATIVE! Such a relief lol. Thanks for all your kind words of encouragement.
 
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georgiagail replied to concernedguy92's response:
Now go out and celebrate!

Gail
 
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An_254872 replied to georgiagail's response:
I had oral sex performed on me with a condom on on October 2012, I tested for hiv using the oraquick advance October 2013, results came back negative, I'm scared my tongue is yellow, I'm always tired my head hurts. Can I trust I'm negative, I just keep getting symptoms. What if it was a false negative.
 
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georgiagail replied to An_254872's response:
Your sexual contact was protected with a condom (and what was performed was extremely low to begin with even without protection). The virus cannot cross an intact latex barrier.

Whatever is causing these symptoms (and a yellow tongue is not a symptom of HIV) has nothing to do with HIV.

Your test results were quite accurate in terms of your status.

Gail
 
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j4a2y01 replied to georgiagail's response:
Georgiagail is your comment about the 6 week test referring to oraquick home tests as well or just 3 rd generation tests? Thank you
 
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georgiagail replied to j4a2y01's response:
Doesn't matter. The stats are the same.


Look; we're getting waaaay too concerned about the validity of the Oraquick test.

Let's make this simple.


If one doesn't believe in the accuracy of the Oraquick testing method, then go get a 3rd or 4th generation blood test.


The nice thing about Oraquick is that it is easily available for those who can't/won't/don't have the option of obtaining blood tests which requires either making an appointment with a physician (who will likely send you to a lab) or a clinic/health department (which may not be readily available for some).




Gail
 
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j4a2y01 replied to georgiagail's response:
Hey thanks for responding. I know all to well about the oraquick home test. I'm too scared to go to a clinic BC its like I already know the results, I feel like I'm positive and have been freaking out the last 6 weeks. I've had symptoms and had a high risk exposure 6.5 weeks ago.. I've taken about 5 oraquick home tests all negative, I took one yesterday at 6.5 weeks. I just see all this stuff about how poorly the test does with acute infection. Do you think they are only talking about the first few weeks and not as far as 6. Normally after ars symptoms are there how long until antibody tests pick it up. I just don't know what to do I can't bring myself to go to a clinic.. I read that oraquick admits the test will give accurate results by 2 months but uses the 3 month mark to be safe. Anyway have u ever heard of someone's oraquick negative 6 week test turn positive. Thanks.. Also wanted to say you and everyone else on here does a great job, you have no idea how many people you help.
 
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georgiagail replied to j4a2y01's response:
Look; probably 90 percent of the folks who post here are absolutely convinced they are HIV positive based on what they see are their symptoms.

Often their symptoms pop up after they read about "symptoms" on the internet.


When they describe symptoms they will mention things that we only see at the end stage of the disease; a white tongue (which they mistake for oral thrush) or a cough (which they mistake for a specific pneumonia associated with AIDS) or diarrhea (which is due to anxiety) or swollen lymph nodes (because sometimes they don't realize lymph nodes in the neck and under the arms are always near the surface of the skin and can be easily felt under normal circumstances and when we poke at the poor things they can swell up and become tender from all this prodding).


You can't live your life in terror.

The Oraquick test is a very good test for determining ones status. It's hard to screw this test up. The recommended time period for this test is 12 weeks. However, it appears many who spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on this test (I must remember to buy stock in this test!) still cannot accept the good news they are HIV negative...so they continue to obsess and test again and again or continue to live their lives in total terror over a disease they do not have.


For those, a simple blood test will confirm what the many Oraquick tests have already shown...a negative status.

And, in the event that one has tested too early and it does turn out they are positive, a second test (a Western Blot) is done to confirm this status...and if confirmed, then one begins the process of dealing with this disease which is certainly a controllable disease in this day and age.

Gail


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