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An_250891 posted:
Hi again, I posted a discussion here a few weeks ago titled "A year and a half and worried, help". I'm just super stressed again thinking about my screw up so wanted to get a little more support and advice.
I've done a ton of digging and researching online. Lately, to check on the accuracy of the tests I took. It seems from the research I've done that at 3 months post exposure 97% of people have detectable amounts of antibodies. At 6 months, 99.7% or higher have detectable amounts of antibodies. After the 6 months I've seen only a handful take longer, usually because of some other medical condition. Never over a year though.
This figures make me confident in my status for when I got tested.
What doesn't make me confident in my status are the accuracy of the tests I took and some symptoms I have.
My 1st test was done 8-9.5 months after, they took some blood out of my arm and I got the results a few days later. Negative. (I'm not sure what test they did, but I'm guessing it was ELISA, I'm checking tomorrow to ask them.)
My 2nd test was done 13-15 months after, it was a rapid finger prick test. Negative.
My 3rd test was done 17-19 months after, it was an Oraquick mouth test. The vile was empty cause the cap got knocked off while in the bag still so I poured the liquid from the bag to the vile. Result, Negative.
My 4th test I did two or three weeks later cause I thought I screwed up my 3rd test so I wanted to retest. Negative again.
For almost everyone else this many tests and the large amount of time after the exposure would clear up most people's worries. But a lot of mine are still here.
After doing a lot of research online I looked for false negative percentages of these tests.
ELISA is .3% to 1%
Oraquick is about 8%
the finger prick was said to be better than an Oral rapid test. I never found a percentage so maybe 5% or so. idk.
Oraquick tested 4,999 people, their accuracy: 4,902 out of 4,903 correctly reported a negative result. 96 people had HIV, 8 had a false negative result. So out of 4,910 people who tested negative only 8 had HIV. This is the least accurate test I took.
Seeing this I'm wondering so where does the error come from? The test itself or the person performing it, screwing it up? Do the errors come during the window period maybe? I'm guessing these percentages for the most part are when people have detectable antibodies but the test fails to give a positive result.
Alot of these stats help me, but some just make me more skeptical. I slept with an "escort". It was a long drive, when I got there I asked her if she had an STDs I should worry about. She was furious I asked her and didn't tell me anything. From my stupidity and long drive I went through with it, I got so nervous about her my dick went flaccid and the condom slipped off to an extent. Not sure how much of me got exposed.
It's hard for me to say exactly when, but several weeks later I got sick. I remember having a bad fever and possibly cold symptoms. Not sure of any other symptoms. It lasted for several days. Then it happened again like two weeks later. The same thing. I know I had just started exercising again, not really washed my hands good at a germy gym but it looks a lot like ARS.
Some weird symptoms I've been getting for a good year now. My body temperature used to be really low, like a little above 96 degrees. After these last 2 years it is now like upper 97 degrees. It swings usually from lower 97 to mid 98. I never really get the chills of a fever. I just feel really hot when others think the temp is normal. This is my biggest symptom. Another thing I've noticed. If I get a small amount of sleep, like 4-5 hours frequently I'll get diarrhea for the 1st 3 hours or so I'm awake. Usually 3 episodes of running to the bathroom. About 4 months ago after weight lifting frequently I got a fungal infection on my arm. Still partially there.
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Dontknow12 responded:
What is wrong with me? Should I test again? Did I somehow beat the testing odds? From my symptoms it looks a lot like HIV, from the possible ARS and my current changes in temperature I'm just really worried. I'd appreciate a few responses a ton. I need some support from you guys, I haven't told anyone I know about this. It is building up and eating me away. Thank you
 
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georgiagail replied to Dontknow12's response:
The statistics you mention are incorrect.

By three months 99.9 % of newly infected folks will have enough antibodies present to be picked up by screening tests. Those that need to wait for 6 month testing would be folks whose immune systems have already been damaged by other, severe medical issues (i.e., organ transplants and those who have undergone chemotherapy, both of which affect the normal immune system).

Your body temperature has nothing to do with HIV.

Fungal infections are pretty darn common. Use OTC treatments of things like "jock itch" to get rid of this.

Get more sleep and you'll not have diarrhea, although I suspect all this worry over a disease that testing has CLEARLY shown you do not have is likely contributing to your diarrhea.

Being "super stressed" over one incident that doesn't even sound like it left you exposed and getting tested, what FOUR times and still having difficulty accepting your status resulting in what sounds like searching the internet endlessly is, frankly, driving you crazy. Stop it. Accept your status of NEGATIVE and move on or consider getting a bit of professional counseling to help you get over this.

Gail
 
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An_250891 replied to georgiagail's response:
thank you. I know you are right. I'm considering going to some type of counseling to help get over this. Sorry to be almost wasting your time but my brain is going crazy.


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